Silent Feature: The Woman God Forgot


Studio: An Artcraft Picture
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Released: November 8, 1917

Featured Cast: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Theodore Kosloff

Producer-director: Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson
Art director: Wilfred Buckland
Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff
Editor: Cecil B. DeMille


Montezuma’s daughter falls in love with a Spanish soldier intent on conquest.

Production Quotes

“While I was visiting the studio, I saw Cecil B. DeMille putting the finishing touches on The Woman God Forgot. Geraldine Farrar is simply beautiful in that part of the picture which I saw run off on the screen.”

– “Lasky, During Western Visit, Finds Individuality Pays,” Motion Picture News, Vol. 16, No. 8 (August 25, 1917)


“To the student of history the accuracy of the exteriors, interiors, costumes and accessories in The Woman God Forgot will make strong appeal. To the casual amusement seeker the abbreviated tale of the clash between the highest civilization of the new world and that of the old, with the consequent destruction of the former, will prove equally absorbing.”

– E.T. Keyser in The Moving Picture World, November 17, 1917

Artist Comment

“The gorgeous settings and costumes employed for the story of Aztec love and adventure made The Woman God Forgot a picturesque and dramatic offering. No idea can be obtained, however, from the mere black and white photography, of the lavish splendor provided by Mr. DeMille’s taste and imagination. This floral magnificence was in itself an incentive to passionate action.”

– Geraldine Farrar, Such Sweet Compulsion


The Woman God Forgot cost $115,420.32 and grossed $340,504.98.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include the considerable profits realized from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)