THE BURNING CRUCIBLE (1923):
A woman, known only as Elle has a nightmare in which she encounters a man chained to a tree above a blazing pyre, into which he tries to pull her by the hair. An elegant gentleman in evening dress pursues her into an opium den full of dazed women; a bishop instructs her to return to her home; and a ragged beggar attempts to embrace her before stabbing himself. Upon waking, she realises that they each had the features of Z, a detective and master of disguise whose memoirs she has been reading in bed. Her wealthy husband, whom she married after he had saved her from drowning, is concerned about her mental state and her diminishing affection for him. He wants to take her away from the temptations of Paris, back to his home country in South America; but his plan is impeded by her resistance and by a burglary in which some important documents have been stolen.
DVD-R has French intertitles with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 106 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!
THE NAVIGATOR (1924):
A wealthy man suddenly decides to propose to his neighbor across the street and sends his servant to book passage for a honeymoon sea cruise to Honolulu. When the woman rejects his sudden offer, he decides to go on the trip anyway, boarding without delay that night. Because the pier number is partially covered, he ends up on the wrong ship, which the rich father of the woman he wanted to marry has just sold to a small country at war. Agents for the other small nation in the conflict decide to set the ship adrift that same night. When the woman's father checks up on the ship, he is captured and tied up ashore by the saboteurs.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 59 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!