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Pola Negri: Articles


Women Suffrage Movie at SFSFF: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family?

Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? Directed by and featuring the now all but forgotten Willis Robards, Mothers of Men – about women suffrage and political power – was a fast-paced, 64-minute buried treasure screened at the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 2–5. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time by this 1917 socially conscious drama that dares to ask the question: “What will happen to the nation if all women have the right to vote?” One newspaper editor […]


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Women Suffrage Movie at SFSFF: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family?



Pola Negri 'The Spanish Dancer' Restored

Pola Negri, The Spanish Dancer Silent-film lovers in The Netherlands will be able to enjoy a new restoration of the 1923 Pola Negri period comedy The Spanish Dancer. Screening with live musical accompaniment, the film will be presented at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam. On the Eye Film Institute website, The Spanish Dancer is described as a “comical costume drama.” Set in early 17th-century Spain, the story follows gypsy singer Maritana (Negri) and her lover, penniless nobleman Don César de Bazan (Antonio Moreno), as they become enmeshed in court intrigue. The screenplay is based on Adolphe d'Ennery and Philippe Dumanoir's play Don […]


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Pola Negri 'The Spanish Dancer' Restored



Alfred Hitchcock & Sam Peckinpah, Hayley Mills & Pola Negri: Packard Movies

A victim in Alfred Hitchcock's 1972 thriller Frenzy What do Alfred Hitchcock, Sam Peckinpah, Hayley Mills, and Pola Negri have in common? Well, all four film celebrities will have their work featured this week at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. Note: Hitchcock and Pola Negri have one less thing in common. Frenzy and The Moon-Spinners have been canceled. Instead, the Packard Campus will screen Hitchcock's 1941 suspense melodrama Suspicion, starring Cary Grant and Oscar winner Joan Fontaine, and Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), follows a bartender and his sex-worker girlfriend as they embark on a journey after a $1 million […]


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Alfred Hitchcock & Sam Peckinpah, Hayley Mills & Pola Negri: Packard Movies



Lost Pola Negri Film Found

The News/Polskie Radio reports that an early (and thus far unnamed) Pola Negri vehicle has been discovered at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia by the husband-and-wife team of Marek and Malgorzata Hendrykowski from Poznan University. Dating from the 1910s, the Polish production is a detective story set in Warsaw. The print has Italian subtitles and is said to be in good condition. Born (Barbara) Apolonia Chalupiec in 1894 in Lipno, central Poland, Pola Negri began her show business career dancing with the Imperial Ballet in Warsaw, later enrolling in Poland's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following her stage debut in 1913, Negri rapidly ascended to the top of her profession, and by the late 1910s she had become a film star […]


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Lost Pola Negri Film Found



San Sebastián: Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective

One of the highlights of this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival is a mouth-wateringly thorough Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective. Besides the obligatory titles, such as the witty 1939 comedy of bright lights and Communism, Ninotchka, and the delightful 1934 version of The Merry Widow, the retrospective is also showcasing a large number of Lubitsch rarities (including a few fragments of mostly lost films), ranging from his earliest work in Germany – among them several Pola Negri vehicles and the gender-bending 1918 comedy Ich möchte kein Mann sein / I Don't Want to Be a Man, starring the German Mary Pickford, Ossi Oswalda – to some of his little seen Hollywood films, such as the 1931 psychological drama Broken Lullaby / […]


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San Sebastián: Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective



Pola Negri at MoMA

New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is currently presenting “Pola Negri: Life Is a Dream,” a week-long retrospective on the career of the first European star import to succeed in Hollywood. Born in Poland in 1894, Pola Negri became a star in Germany in the late 1910s – and subsequently around the world – in a series of films directed by Ernst Lubitsch, among them Die Augen der Mumie Ma / Eyes of the Mummy and Madame DuBarry / Passion. Brought to Hollywood by Famous Players-Lasky (later Paramount), Negri established herself as an exotic vamp in films that did well enough at the box office to guarantee her a following and a large income, but not well enough […]


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Pola Negri at MoMA





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