Stronger Than Death (1920 film)

Stronger Than Death is a 1920 American silent romantic drama film directed by Herbert Blaché and produced by and starring Alla Nazimova. It was distributed by Metro Pictures.[2][3]

Stronger Than Death
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Directed byHerbert Blaché
Charles Bryant
Robert Z. Leonard
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
Maxwell Karger
Alla Nazimova
Written byCharles Bryant
I.A.R. Wylie
StarringAlla Nazimova
CinematographyRudolph Bergquist[1]
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • January 11, 1920 (1920-01-11)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

This movie was preserved by MGM, the inheritor of Metro Pictures library, with a print in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] Major Tristam Boucicault (Bryant) endeavors to get his father Colonel Boucicault (French) to aid him in fighting the cholera in the distant city of Bjura, where he is the lone physician fighting the disease. The colonel refuses and the son, angered, leaves in an ugly mood. His attention is arrested by Sigrid Fersen (Nazimova), who is being entertained by the officers and their wives. She promises to aid him and follows the major to Bjura. She raises a large sum at a bazaar. Here she refuses the hand of James Barclay (Prior), a wealthy half-breed that the elite have refused to recognize socially. Sigrid overhears a conversation between James and the high priest of a temple during which it is disclosed that the colonel is in reality James' father. James is planning the ruin of Colonel Boucicault. In an altercation between the colonel and major, Tristam strikes his father down. James sees the fight and under penalty of disclosing the facts forces Sigrid to marry him that night. At the wedding dinner, Colonel Boucicault denounces James for attempting to incite a mutiny in the camp, and James swears vengeance upon him as his father. Sigrid is urged to go to the temple and dance for the natives to keep them from joining the mutiny, while the major goes to collect the colonel's troops and surround the temple. James shoots the high priest as he is about to plunge a dagger into Sigrid, and the natives fall upon James and kill him. Major Boucicault takes the exhausted dancer to his hut where she recovers consciousness and determines to live for the love that is stronger than death.



  1. Gmür, Leonhard H. "Rudolph J. Bergquist - KinoTV © October 23, 2017 by Unicorn Media". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Stronger Than Death". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. "Stronger Than Death". 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. "Reviews: Stronger Than Death". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (6): 53–54. February 7, 1920.
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