Zaza


1915

Film Details

Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
Nov 11, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.; Charles Frohman Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Zaza by Pierre Fran├žois Samuel Berton and Charles Simon, as adapted by David Belasco (New York, 9 Jan 1899).

Synopsis

Zaza, a popular singer in the brightest music hall in Paris, is sought by many men, but real passion eludes her until she meets the dashing Bernard Dufrene. Their mild flirtation soon grows into an intense love affair, and Bernard establishes her in an apartment, where for a time, they live happily. Zaza's bliss is shattered, however, when she learns that Bernard has a wife and child. Seeking revenge, Zaza visits Bernard's home with the intention of announcing herself as his mistress, but when she meets his charming little daughter, she abandons her purpose and departs. After dismissing her lover, Zaza devotes herself entirely to the stage, but following his wife's death, Bernard is attracted by Zaza's fame and he returns to her. Still desperately in love, Zaza remembers Bernard's faithlessness and sends him away.

Film Details

Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
Nov 11, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.; Charles Frohman Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Zaza by Pierre Fran├žois Samuel Berton and Charles Simon, as adapted by David Belasco (New York, 9 Jan 1899).

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The French play Zaza was adapted by David Belasco and pre-viewed in Washington, D.C. beginning December 26, 1898. The film was scheduled for a October 4, 1915 release, but because of a fire on September 11, 1915 that destroyed the Famous Players studio, it was delayed until 11 Nov. The film was re-issued by Famous Players-Lasky Corp. on September 22, 1918. Famous Players-Lasky made another adaptation of the play in 1923, starring Gloria Swanson and directed by Allan Dwan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30.) George Cukor directed another version for Paramount in 1939 starring Claudette Colbert (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).