Producers insisted upon casting opera stars in their silent films all throughout the teens and twenties. Some, like Geraldine Farrar, were appealing enough personalities to survive without relying on their voices. Others, like Lina Cavalieri, failed to click with filmgoers, and soon retreated to the more friendly environs of La Scala and the Metropolitan. In The Eternal Temptress, Ms. Cavalieri plays a seductive foreign princess who uses her wiles on a US diplomat. This she does on behalf of the Austrian government, for which she is a secret agent. At the last moment, the temptress falls in love with the tempted, saving him from disgrace.
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