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The Broken Butterfly
Directed by Maurice Tourneur • 1919 • United States
Starring Lew Cody, Mary Alden, Pauline Starke
Unseen for one hundred years until its recent restoration, this lost-and-found romantic melodrama from silent-cinema master Maurice Tourneur follows the fortunes of Marcene Elliot (Pauline Starke), a young woman whose passionate affair with a composer (Lew Cody) leaves her with a child and fuels the writing of his new symphony. But when Marcene’s disapproving aunt (Mary Alden) intervenes in the couple’s relationship, it leads to a series of misfortunes that will see the lovers pushed apart and pulled together again by the hands of fate.