Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Florida Enchantment - 1914

Three and a half minute condensation of the Vitagraph film "A Florida Enchantment", produced and directed by Sidney Drew, starring Sidney Drew, Edith Storey, and Jane Morrow.
The film was shot on location in Saint Augustine, Florida. The story is taken from the Archibald Clavering Gunter novel of the same name. It was the second Gunter novel Vitagraph adapted to the screen, the first being "Mr. Barnes of New York" with Maurice Costello. "A Florida Enchantment" was first shown at the Vitagraph Theatre on the 10th of August, 1914.
Although well remembered today, at the time it was critically panned and a commercial failure (in large part because, when filming began in April of 1914, it was expected to do well in Europe, but World War I broke out before it was ready for release and Vitagraph lost more than half of its market).
The full-length film is available on DVD and this abridgment can be purchased on Super 8mm.

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