|THE MODERN PERFORMANCES: MOVIE|
Starring: Rudolph Valentino and Bebe Daniels
Photoplay: October, 1924
Rudolph Valentino: Monsieur Beaucaire
Bebe Daniels: Lady Mary
Paulette Duval: Madame de Pompadour
John Davidson: Cardinal Richelieu
Downing Clarke: Lord Chesterfield
Monsieur Beaucaire is presented with a large cast of well known French and English historical luminaries, including Madame Du Pompadour (played by Paulette Duval), Cardinal Richelieu (played by John Davidson), Lord Chesterfield (played by Downing Clarke).
Beaucaire (silent 1920's)
with designs by George Barbier is one of the most lavish costume spectacles of the 1920's. The women's costumes are filtered through a Art Deco sensibility, but the men's wear is remarkably period.
Rudolph Valentino was married to the film's production designer Natasha Rambova in Paris, and the two of them cooked up the idea of a lavish costume flick after seeing a Barbier designed Casanova play during the honeymoon.
Rambova is often mistakenly credited with the costume designs because she supervised the construction of the costumes at Eaves in NYC, and made alterations in them when the demands of the film required it.