Cast & Crew
After her lover deserts her, Gioconda Dianti vows to avenge herself by wrecking the lives of other men. When Lucio Settala, a famous sculptor, meets Gioconda and asks her to pose for him, she sets out to ruin him. She enthralls the artist, causing him to forget his wife Silvia, their daughter Little Beata and even his work. After Gioconda defies Silvia to take her husband back, Lucio, in a fit of desperation, shoots himself. Although Silvia nurses him back to health, Lucio soon returns to the enticing Gioconda. When Silvia's subsequent quarrel with Gioconda becomes a fight, Gioconda attempts to destroy Lucio's statue, but it falls on Silvia and is saved. Silvia, however, is maimed for life. Because of this, Lucio's sanity is affected and he becomes a raving maniac. Later, Gioconda, cast aside by her "man of the world," also goes mad.
Eleanor Duse starred in the stage production. According to the copyright entry, the film was based on Joseph H. Trant's translation of the play, which opened in New York on November 4, 1902. According to news items, D'Annunzio had designated Theda Bara to portray the lead role before he signed the contract with Fox for the rights to his play. The working titles for this film were La Gioconda and The Vampire. Some scenes in the film were shot in St. Augustine, FL at the mansion and grounds of the Villa Flora, and at the Hotel Ponce De Leon and the Hotel Alcazar. A trade showing of the film was given in New York on June 16, 1915. The Ohio Board of Censorship objected to the film and made substantial cuts in it.