Rejected by her former lover and protector, Sibilla is forced to work as a dancer in a bawdy Spanish night club to earn the money she needs to buy medicine for her sick son. She also works as a model for a Scandinavian artist Hedwick who, she discovers, is planning a secret rendez-vous with his lover, on the evening of her engagement to another man. That woman is Iliana, the daughter of Sibilla’s cruel ex-lover Esteria. Fearing that her young son is dying, Sibilla attempts to confront Esteria face-to-face, but she is thrown out of his house. Remembering Hedwick’s secret liaison, Sibilla decides to take her revenge on Esteria.. —filmsdefrance.com
Marcel L’Herbier is unquestionably one of the most important figures in the history of French cinema. His contribution is not restricted to the films he directed, many of which are widely recognised as genuine masterpieces. He also worked actively to promote cinema as an art form in its own right, helping to ensure that France maintained its position of eminence in a medium which was becoming increasingly dominated by the Americans. Moreover, his films and his writings have inspired successive generations of filmmakers, many of whom went on to become just as influential in French cinema.
L’Herbier was born in Paris is 1888. Having studied law at the Sorbonne, he was drawn to literature (particularly the works of Oscar Wilde and Nietzsche) and he decided to pursue a career as a writer. He published his first novel, “In the Garden of Secret Games”, in 1914. He wrote a stage play “L’Enfantement du mort, miracle en pourpre, noir et or”, an anti-war piece which was not performed until… read more
El primer cine francés si bien no tuvo "grandes" historias, sí tuvo una de las mejores proezas estéticas. Fue un cine que se desarrolló en su lenguaje, en su modo de contemplar cuándo se hacía un flashback, simbologías morales, la fuerza de lo trágico a través de la manipulación de la imagen. El cine entonces era patetismo poético. Lo cierto es que "El dorado" es una de las historias más bellas de esta etapa inicial.