Movie Night! Under the Yoke
In MOVIE NIGHT I wrote about Owl & I’s proclivity for the lost films of Theda Bara. Last night we watched UNDER THE YOKE, a film made in 1918 which is now considered lost. In this film, Theda played Maria Valverda.
UNDER THE YOKE
SCENE: Forest, early spring.
(Gnats, infinitesimal murmuration, in a shaft of light. )
(Cinnamon ferns, sporing.)
(MARIA upon forest floor, drowses.)
(Around her body ephemerals flower in visionary time-lapse.)
(Lured be. Hepatica. Bloodroot. Dicentra Cucullaria.)
LADY, LADY, BOREAL BE.
WITHOUT IS NOT THROUGH, THROUGH IS NOT TOWARDS.
LIFT UP YOUR SKIRTS! BESTOW YOUR FAVOR.
(CLOSE-UP: MARIA within corona of ephemerals. Encroaching ominous bar-shaped shadow. )
(Muzzle slides under chin, nuzzles soft of throat. Presses.)
(Lurid be. Hepatica. Bloodroot. Cucullaria.
(VIEW FROM TREES: MAN stands over MARIA pressing rifle to her throat. Their bodies at ease. Hers, langorous, as if rising to the surface of a pond.)
BOUND HOME. BOUND. BY CREEPERS AND THORNS.
(CLOSE-UP: her eyes. Ineluctable weary.)
END OF SCENE