The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929 film)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) is a film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in both silent and part-talkie versions. The film was directed by Charles Brabin and starred Lili Damita and Don Alvarado. Only the silent version exists at the George Eastman House film archive.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Directed byCharles Brabin
Produced byHunt Stromberg
Written byMarian Ainslee
Ruth Cummings
Alice D. G. Miller
Thornton Wilder (novel)
StarringLili Damita
Duncan Renaldo
Raquel Torres
Music byCarli Elinor
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
CinematographyMerritt B. Gerstad
Edited byMargaret Booth
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 30, 1929 (1929-03-30)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film closely follows the bestselling 1927 Thornton Wilder novel of the same name and won the second Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[1]

Background and production

The film and novel are very loosely based on the real-life story of Micaela Villegas (17481819), a famous Peruvian entertainer known as La Perichole. Her life was also the inspiration for the novella Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Prosper Mérimée; the opéra bouffe La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach; and Jean Renoir’s 1953 film Le Carrosse d'or (The Golden Coach).


The film was remade in 1944 with Lynn Bari, and once more in 2004, starring F. Murray Abraham, Gabriel Byrne, Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, and Pilar López de Ayala.



  1. "NY Times: The Bridge of San Luis Rey". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07.

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