Éclair in America

Chamber of Forgetfulness
R: Étienne Arnaud. D: Alec B. Francis, Barbara Tennant, William R. Dunn. P: Éclair American. USA 1912
Print: EYE (Desmet collection)
Dutch titles

“Mr. Francis plays in this picture the role of a very jealous husband. A player who seems to be new in Eclair pictures (Barbara Tennant) fills the role opposite to him in the early scenes, and is not only very personable herself, but a good player. The picture is well acted by every member of the cast and well conducted. The sets and scenes are good, some of them beautiful. The husband’s insane jealousy really caused the wife’s death. After this he wouldn’t have their child near him. His wife’s room remained untouched; it was the chamber of forgetfulness. One day he saw her ghost (extremely well done) in this room. It made him read her papers and then (it was years later) he discovered what a fool he had been. Her happy ghost now appears to him. It is a very interesting picture.”
The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912

Étienne Arnaud was born on September 4, 1879 in Villeneuve-les-Béziers, Hérault, France as Chiaffredo Arnaud. He was a director and writer, known for Saved from the Titanic (1912), Clair de lune espagnol (1909) and Soyons donc sportifs (1909). He died on May 11, 1955 in San Francisco, California, USA.