- A Woman of the Sea
name = A Woman of the Sea
Josef von Sternberg
Josef von Sternberg
released = 1926
runtime = 75 minutes
country = USA
imdb_id = 0017575
lost filmstarred Edna Purviance, Raymond Bloomer, Eve Southernand Charles French, and was directed by Josef von Sternberg.
The film was in production for about six months. Actual filming took about three months, mainly in the Los Angeles area, including indoor scenes at Chaplin's studio. During a twelve day period, outdoor scenes were filmed on location in the Monterey and
Carmelcoastal area in California.
Chaplin produced the film as a starring vehicle for his former leading lady Purviance, and to help establish Von Sternberg, whose 1924 experimental film "
The Salvation Hunters"had greatly impressed Chaplin. This was the only time Chaplin produced a film in which he neither starred nor directed. His involvement in the production was minimal, as he was concurrently working on his problem-plagued film "The Circus". It was Purviance's final American film.
Chaplin did not approve the completed film for release, and it was never publicly screened. The few Chaplin associates who saw the film agreed in later years that it was not a commercially viable film. Under pressure from the U.S.
Internal Revenue Service, the production company burned the negatives in June 1933 for tax purposeswhat. Some evidence suggests a copy of the film survived at the Chaplin studio until at least the late 1930s, but no copy exists in the current Chaplin film archives. Oona Chaplin burned the last remaining copy in 1991.
In 2005, over 50 previously unknown production stills were discovered in the private collection of Purviance's relatives. Except for a few images in print and a few words in books over the years, nearly nothing has been known about the film. The working title for 'A Woman of the Sea' was 'The Sea Gull' as written in the shooting schedule that still survives. The original title list also has survived from the film. The information from the shooting schedule and title list has been combined with the production stills, and was published in 2008.
References in other media
The film, and Chaplin himself, figure prominently in
Tim Powers' fantasy novel " Three Days to Never" (Morrow, 2006). Though rooted in established facts, the fictionalized Chaplin is attributed motives -- and the film attributed traits -- that are largely invented by Powers.
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