Patsy Ruth Miller and Alla Nazimova


Directed by                     Ray C. Smallwood
Produced by                   The Nazimova Productions, Incorporated
Written by                      June Mathis
Based on                         the novel The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas
Starring                          Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Patsy Ruth Miller, Rex Cherryman, Arthur Hoyt
Set design                        Natasha Rambova
Cinematography            R.J. Bergquist
Distributed by                Metro Pictures Corporation
Release date                    September 26, 1921
Running time                  70 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                         Silent film, English intertitles


"Camille" (1921) is a drama, included in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Patsy Ruth Miller.

This is just the second film of Patsy Ruth Miller and the one in which she played her first credited role.  She was 17.  Two years later she would achieve fame starring in the role of Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", where she partnered with Lon Chaney and Norman Kerry.  Thus, in "Camille" (1921) we can see the beginning of Patsy Ruth Miller's rise to stardom.  The film is also notable for its rich decors and costumes.


Alla Nazimova plays a courtesan, who shows a flamboyant image to the world, but in private is a sick and vulnerable woman. Then one day she in introduced to a young man (Rudolph Valentino), who falls for her charms.

With the new romance Alla Nazimova tries to start a different life and leave her troubled past behind.  The two lovers have a brief period of bliss, which is interrupted when Rudolph's father pays a visit to Nazimova.  He demands that she give Rudolph up for the sake of his future. 

Will Alla Nazimova fight for her only chance to have love and happiness, or will she yield to Rudolph's father and return to her old ways?



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Patsy Ruth Miller in Camille 1921 15

   Patsy Ruth Miller