Theodora, Astor Theatre

 
Accession number AR.EP.NP.0554
Creator
Places
New York (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Date
1922
Measurements
10 x 15.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
newspaper

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

The history of the world has been written in love stories and this is one of them

Goldwyn presents a colossal picturization of the classic of history and literature, Sardou's famous and sensational love romance

Made by the Unione Cinematografica Italiana in Italy / Symphony orchestra of 35 musicians

THEODORA

The fascinating romance of a lion-keeper's daughter who became an Empress and then sacrificed the throne of the Caesars for a pure and wonderful love that came into her life.

Astor Theatre / Broadway and Forty-fifth Street / New York

Actual cast of 25,000 people

Made with the co-operation of the Italian Government

Prices - Eves. & Holiday Mats., 50c, $1, $1.50, $2, Daily Mats., 50c, $1, $1.50

The greatest screen spectacle the world has ever known

EXHIBITION

Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882-1922
April-October 2017

Theodora appeared in multiple silent films from 1910 to 1930, many of them inspired by Victorien Sardou’s 1884 play. The most successful film adaptation from this period was Theodora, released by the Italian Cinematographic Union and featuring Rita Jolivet as the Byzantine empress. Like earlier theatrical productions, this film emphasized the grandeur and splendor of Theodora’s world, showcasing massive set pieces and featuring thousands of extras. The Illustrated London News described the film as “Byzantium rebuilt,” and advertisements (above and here) for the New York City premiere billed it as the greatest film spectacle to date.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.096
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.NP.0554
Creator
Places
New York (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Date
1922
Measurements
10 x 15.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
newspaper

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