Fun Size Review: The Forbidden City (1918)

Norma Talmadge plays a Chinese maiden (hoo boy) who falls for American diplomat Thomas Meighan. It’s, um, well… It sure is something. I am sorry, China. I am so, so sorry.

Remarkably clueless and more than a little incestuous, which garbles the film’s feeble plea for tolerance. Not Norma’s best but worth seeing just to understand how bonkers silent films could be.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Norma Jr. finds her father, canoodles with him on his sickbed (!) and ends up in a romance with another American.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Veggie Brownies. Possibly made with good intentions but why?

Availability: Released on DVD and via streaming.


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