The Eternal City (1923 film)

The Eternal City is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice, from a script by Ouida Bergère based on a Hall Caine novel, starring Barbara La Marr, Lionel Barrymore, and Bert Lytell.

For the 1915 film version of the Hall Caine novel, see The Eternal City (1915 film).
The Eternal City
1923 theatrical poster
Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byOuida Bergère (scenario)
Based onThe Eternal City
by Hall Caine
StarringLionel Barrymore
Bert Lytell
Barbara La Marr
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • December 17, 1923 (1923-12-17)
(New York)
Running time
8 reels
7,929 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, distributed by Associated First National, and was a remake of The Eternal City (1915) starring Pauline Frederick. This film is the second filming of the 1902 play starring Viola Allen which was also based on Caine's novel.[1][2] This film is notable as the first production of Samuel Goldwyn's personal production company.[3]



George Fitzmaurice filmed King Victor Emmanuel III and his prime minister, Benito Mussolini, reviewing Italian troops. In October 1923 Fitzmaurice sent Mussolini a copy of the finished film. Mussolini played a small role in the film and had been extremely helpful to Fitzmaurice and his company during their three months in Rome. Battalions of soldiers were delegated to appear in the film and guard the cast. Permission was obtained to use the Coliseum, the Forum and the Roman Baths, and the Old and New Appian Way as locations. The entire story was changed by Ouida Bergere eliminating every element of religion.[4]

Survival status

The Eternal City is a partially lost film. Last two reels (28 minutes long) were rediscovered in 2006 by Italian film historian Giuliana Muscio in the archives of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and screened in 2014 at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.[5]

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