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Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byFrances Marion (adaptation)
Based onCytherea, Goddess of Love
by Joseph Hergesheimer
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringAlma Rubens
Constance Bennett
Norman Kerry
Lewis Stone
Irene Rich
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
J. A. Ball
(Technicolor consultant)
Edited byStuart Heisler
Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Madison Productions
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • April 3, 1924 (1924-04-03)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Cytherea is a 1924 American silent romantic drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Alma Rubens, Lewis Stone, Constance Bennett, and Norman Kerry. Based on the novel Cytherea, Goddess of Love, by Joseph Hergesheimer and was adapted for the screen by Frances Marion. Cytherea features two dream sequences filmed in an early version of the Technicolor color film process.[1] The film is also known as The Forbidden Way.


As described in a film magazine review,[2] Lee Randon, forty years old and bored, sees his nephew Morris becoming infatuated with Mina Raff and reproaches him. Later, when Morris leaves his wife to go with Mina, contented housewife Fanny Randon, who has no patience with modern ideas like dancing or jazz entertainment, asks her husband to plead with the young woman to release his nephew so he can return to his wife. In carrying out the mission, Randon in turn becomes infatuated with Savina Grove, a married woman of deep passion which has been untouched until she meets Randon. Randon and Savina elope and go to Cuba. Ostracized by his infraction of society's laws, Randon is denied admittance to the home of his brother. Savina is taken ill and dies. Randon returns to his home, where he is welcomed back by his wife.



The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and released by Associated First National Pictures. Cytherea was the first Technicolor film made under artificial light, while previous Technicolor films were made outdoors under natural light.[1]


With no copies of Cytherea found in any film archives,[3] it is a lost film.

See also


  1. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: Cytherea at
  2. ^ Blaisdell, George (May 3, 1924). "Box Office Reviews: Cytherea". Exhibitors Trade Review. New York: Exhibitors Review Publishing Corporation: 33. Retrieved November 23, 2022. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Cytherea