Sacred and Profane Love (1921) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sacred and Profane Love (1921)




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Elsie Ferguson, who played the role of Carlotta Peel on stage, also starred in the film. Carlotta's aunt (Helen Dunbar has kept her innocent of the facts of life, but then the girl meets pianist Emilie Diaz (Conrad Nagel), who is all-too willing to show them to her. On the night he seduces Carlotta, her aunt dies. Left on her own, Carlotta goes to London and becomes a famous author. Her publisher, Frank Ispenlove (Thomas Holding), falls in love with her. Unfortunately, there is also a Mrs. Ispenlove (Winifred Greenwood), so Carlotta rejects him, even after he has followed her to France. In misery, he commits suicide. Carlotta, meanwhile, finds Diaz in Paris. He has become an absinthe addict, and she sets out to regenerate him. With her help, he once again achieves renown as a pianist. Thus their profane love becomes sacred. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Helen Dunbar
as Constance Peel
Thomas Holding
as Frank Inpenlove
Clarissa Selwynne
as Mrs. Sardis
Howard Gaye
as Albert Vicary
Elsie Ferguson
as Carlotta Peel
Conrad Nagel
as Emille Diaz, a pianist
Winifred Greenwood
as Mary Ispenlove
Jane Keckley
as Rebecca
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Critic Reviews for Sacred and Profane Love

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The picture on the whole is an average program production. Miss Ferguson gives a likable performance as Carlotta, minus any great depth, but pleasing withal. The acting honors go to Conrad Nagel.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is not a good film, but it is, at least, a daring attempt to convert into a film an incontrovertible book.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Sacred and Profane Love will, because of the star, retain the interest, but will not make a lasting impression.

January 10, 2022 | Full Review…

The atmosphere of the film is heavy and there is little relief for your entertainment.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

This play, which gives Elsie Ferguson great opportunities, serves also to bring Conrad Nagel into his own as powerful delineator of character.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Elsie Ferguson comes back to the screen rested and a little more eager than she was when she left it, but she comes back in a picture that gives her little opportunity to realize upon either her recovered energy or her talent as an actress.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

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