Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Florida Enchantment



1914 American Feature

Cast: Sidney Drew, Edith Storey, Charles Kent, Jane Morrow, Ada Gifford, Ethel Lloyd, Lillian Burns, Grace Stevens and Allan Campbell
Director: Sidney Drew
Writers: Marguerite Bertsch and Eugene Mullen, based on the novel and play by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter.

Synopsis:
Lillian Travers, a wealthy Northern woman about to be married, takes a magical seed which transforms its user into the opposite gender, changing her into Lawrence Talbot.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the 1891 novel and 1896 play (now lost) of the same name written by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter.
  • Lillian's transformation into Lawrence has been read as a transformation into a butch lesbian. This reading is bolstered by the later transformation of Lillian's fiancĂ© into what could be an effemininate gay man. However, as Lillian and her fiancĂ© are shown attracted both to each other and to the same sex (albeit at different times), the film has also been considered to have the first documented appearance of bisexual characters in an American motion picture.
  • Twenty-seven years later, another film character who undergoes a drastic physical transformation was named Lawrence Talbot in the classic horror film The Wolf Man.
  • Since its inclusion in Vito Russo's book The Celluloid Closet, the film has increasingly been seen as one of the earliest film representations of homosexuality and cross-dressing in American culture.

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