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The Dragon Painter (1919), dir. William Worthington
No...not Japan. A painted backdrop at Hayworth Picture Corporation, 354 South Spring Street, Los Angeles.
Wedged between numerous location shots created in Yosemite, the painted backdrop in this studio shot intersects the the woman with the the real and the imaginary. (She is a flesh and blood woman who, the dragon painter feels, incarnates a goddess).
To showcase his acting, silent film star Sessue Hayakawa set up Hayworth in 1918 and ran it until 1922. He stars in this film. Frank D. Williams, who shot Charlie Chaplin's Kid Autoraces in Venice (1914) , shot the movie.
Dragon Painter  location shot frame
Location Shot: The Dragon Painter