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Silent Feature Films at the Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles D-F

"The oldest and cutest of a group of rebellious orphans, July Abbott is provided with funds for her education and well-being by a mysterious benefactor whom she christens 'Daddy-long-legs.'"

The Daughter of Dawn
"Shot on location in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma in 1920, this rediscovered film was restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It features an all Native American cast of 300 Kiowa and Comanche Indians, including White Parker and Wanada Parker (children of Quanah Parker). Focusing on a romantic rivalry, the story also features a battle scene, buffalo hunting, and dances. The restored version includes a modern score and titles.

The Devil's Needle
"Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent business man, chances to meet David White, a young artist whose fame is already assured, at an art exhibit. Despite the fact that she is engaged to marry Hugh Gordon, the junior partner of her father, she falls in love with the artist. He invites the girl and her father to visit his studio and the invitation is accepted. Renee, a model, has been in love with David White for years and he has seemingly reciprocated her love....

Different from the Others
"A prosperous man encounters a sleazy blackmailer who discovers that he is gay. Released in 1919, this film is an amazingly frank depiction of a homosexual relationship. Banned at the time of its release, later burned by the Nazis, the film was believed lost for more than forty years."

Docks of New York
"The ship on which Bill Roberts is a stoker has just put into port, giving the crew one night ashore. The ship's bad-tempered third engineer orders the stokers to clean up, while the engineer heads for a dockside bar, where he has a confrontation with the wife he had abandoned. Then, as Bill himself goes ashore, he sees a young woman attempt to drown herself. Bill dives in, saves her, and then, assisted by the engineer's wife, sees that she is cared for. Bill and the rescued woman begin to enjoy one another's company, but they must contend with the malice of the engineer, as well as a number of other complications." - Snow Leopard

The Doll
"A rich old man demands that his nephew, who is terrified of women, marry in order to inherit his money. The man tries to fool his uncle by marrying a life-sized mechanical doll, but when it is broken in an accident, a young girl substitutes herself."

Don't Change Your Husband
"Leila Porter, tired of her dull husband, leaves him for another man who turns out to be a two-timing playboy. Leila then encourages her first husband to pursue her again."

The Dragon Painter
"...full-length 1919 feature in which [Sessue] Hayakawa plays Tatsu, a wild youth living in the mountain forests of Japan, spending all his time painting. Although Tatsu creates beautiful art, local villagers believe that he is insane, as he claims that he has a beloved princess fiancée who has been turned into a dragon. When an renowned-but-aging artist hears of the young hermit's talent, Tatsu is brought to civilization with the hope that he will both become the student of the old artist and marry the elderly man's daughter to continue the family lineage and traditions."

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
"Dr. Mabuse--criminal genius, psychologist, hypnotist, counterfeiter, card shark, master of disguise, thief of state secrets a ruler of a sinister empire founded on selfishness, chicanery and murder. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is indeed a snapshot of a precise historical moment when Germany wa often likened to Sodom and Gomorrrah, when inflation skyrocketed, public morality collapsed, and the Nazi party first emerged from Munich beer-halls."

Du skal ære din hustru = Master of the House
"A heartfelt story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her tyrannical husband."

The Dumb Girl of Portici
"Fenella, a poor Italian girl, falls in love with a Spanish nobleman, but their affair triggers a revolution and national catastrophe."

The Earth = La terre
"An adaptation of Emile Zola's novel of family greed, brutality and deceit in rural France."

Easy Virtue
"After divorcing an abusive husband, an innocent woman makes a valiant effort at beginning her life anew, but she cannot escape the incidents surrounding her past."

The End of Saint Petersburg
"Shows changing conditions in Russia as seen by a young peasant who lived through the upheaval in St. Petersburg that culminated in the revolution of 1917."

"Comic portrayal of seduction and its consequences for the participants over time. The bored wife of an entomologist cheats on her husband by seducing his best friend Preben, a darkly handsome but chaste sculptor, and with another man, the town's womanizing aviator. Meanwhile, her husband becomes attracted to his own niece."

Eternal Love
"During the War of 1806, French soldiers occupy a Swiss hamlet and order the villagers to surrender their rifles. Everyone but Marcus, a hunter in the mountains, complies. Marcus and Ciglia, the minister's niece, are deeply in love. But Pia, a wild mountain girl, vows to win him for herself."

"In the quiet Acadian village of Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, lives the beautiful and beloved Evangeline. She is betrothed to Gabriel, but before they can marry, France and England declare war. The Acadians, bound by allegiance to England but with ties of kinship to France, refuse to take up arms. As a result, they are forcefully deported (most ending up in Louisiana). The British set fire to the village as the men are herded aboard a man-o'-war. Evangeline must set sail for unknown lands. Wandering the American wilderness, she begins the search for her lost love."

Fantômas: The Complete Saga
"Crime saga with the evil Fantômas battling Inspector Juve."

Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage
"Dr. Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for scientific knowledge and perfect happiness."

Flesh and the Devil
"Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved."

A Florida Enchantment
"The unusual fable about a woman who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men (and men into women)."

Foolish Wives
"A fake Russian count, with the aid of two female accomplices, attempts to seduce and swindle unsuspecting women and citizens of Monte Carlo."

For Heaven's Sake
"The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Mannersis a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope  who works in Brother Paul's  mission. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends." - Herman Seifer

Four Sons
"A family saga in which three of a Bavarian widow's sons go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany's eventual opponent."

The Freshman
"Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular."