Goldwyn pumped a fortune into this overblown vehicle for his new discovery, Russian actress Sten, but despite its lavish appearance and very real costs, NANA was a miserable failure and Sten went on to become what the industry sneeringly called "Goldwyn's Folly." Zola's story of a famous,
beautiful whore was toned down considerably to conform to the dictates of the newly established Hays censorship office, and, as such, made for a curious, tepid rags-to-riches tale. Discovered by Bennett, a theatrical impresario, Sten is promoted from street girl to ravishing musical revue
entertainer who becomes the rage of 1870s Paris. Every male who meets the beauteous Sten fall...