Cast & Crew
Cecil B. Demille
When the Spaniards, led by Cortez, land in the Mexican territory ruled by Montezuma, the king of the Aztecs, the emperor's daughter Tecza finds herself falling in love with Spanish Captain Alvarado, a prisoner of her people. In order to save her lover from certain death at the altar of the war god, Tecza opens the city gates to hordes of Spaniards who rescue Alvarado and then storm the emperor's castle. In the ensuing battle, the Aztecs meet defeat, and Tecza is cursed by her dying father who prophesies that she shall wander the earth deserted by the gods of all peoples. Alvarado offers her his love and the consolation of his religion, and Tecza finds salvation in embracing both her love and his Christian religion.
Cecil B. Demille
Charles B. Rogers
This was Geraldine Farrar's first film released by Artcraft. Parts of this picture were shot in Yosemite, CA. According to a news item, certain scenes in this film, including those showing the light of the sacrificial altars, were colored to give a near pastel effect through a process developed by Alvin Wyckoff and Cecil B. DeMille. According to modern sources, Cecil B. DeMille was also the film editor, and Charles Whittaker was the assistant director. DeMille, in his autobiography, noted that Julia Faye played "Tecza's" lady-in-waiting. Some sources list the film's length as six reels. Although no production company was listed for the film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the film.