The Red Lily

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  • 1924
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • 7.2  (490)

The Red Lily is a romantic drama film from 1924 directed by Fred Niblo and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film features Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett, and Frank Currier in leading roles. The movie is based on the 1921 novel La Roue by Eugène Sue. The story revolves around the love story between Jean and Marise, two poor French peasants who live next door to each other in a small village. Jean works as a railway engineer and Marise is a seamstress. When Jean is accused of a crime he did not commit, he is forced to flee the village and eventually moves to Paris to start a new life. Marise also moves to Paris to find work and reunites with Jean, but the couple's romantic reunion is short-lived as they both encounter obstacles in their new lives.

As they try to establish a life together, their love is tested by societal and financial pressures. Jean's job as a railway engineer is threatened by his jealous boss, and Marise is forced to work long hours as a seamstress to make ends meet. Despite their struggles, the couple's love remains strong, and they continue to support each other through their hardships.

The film's cinematography is particularly striking, featuring innovative camera techniques and expressive lighting that create a moody, atmospheric tone. The film's use of close-ups and dramatic angles add an emotional intensity to the story, particularly in the film's climactic scenes.

The film is also notable for its use of color tinting, particularly in the romantic scenes between Jean and Marise. The use of color is particularly effective in creating a romantic and dreamlike atmosphere, particularly in contrast to the bleak and often harsh reality of the couple's lives.

Overall, The Red Lily is a poignant and beautifully crafted film that explores the complexities of romantic love in the face of adversity. The film's rich character development and stunning cinematography make it a classic example of early Hollywood storytelling, and its themes of love, sacrifice, and perseverance remain relevant today.

The Red Lily is a 1924 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (490)