Bridge of San Luis Rey, The (1929): Starring Lili Damita and Don Alvarado

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, a film released in both silent and part-talkie versions, was directed by Charles Brabin and starred Lili Damita and Don Alvarado.

Only the silent version exists at the George Eastman House film archive.

The film closely follows the bestselling 1927 Thornton Wilder novel of the same name.

The film and novel are loosely based on the real-life story of Micaela Villegas (1748–1819), a famous Peruvian entertainer known as La Perichole. Her life was also the inspiration for the novella Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Prosper Mérimée; the opéra bouffe La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach; and Jean Renoir’s 1953 film Le Carrosse d’or (The Golden Coach).

Oscar Nominations: 1

Interior Decoration: Cedric Gibbons

Oscar Awards: 1

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