Welcome to my second-ever video review! This time, I am sharing Barbed Wire, a beautiful silent drama starring Pola Negri. She’s a French farmer. He’s a German soldier. Her farm has been converted into a POW camp. Not the likeliest setup for a romance but with a war on, we take what we can get.
I also cover the propaganda films of the first world war and talk about German-Americans in Hollywood. I also do a little bit of debunking as a rather odd rumor has attached itself to the film.
I hope you enjoy!
(If you would rather read, here is my print review.)
• The War, The West and The Wilderness by Kevin Brownlow
• Hollywood in Berlin: American Cinema and Weimar Germany by Thomas J. Saunders
• Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I by Kristin Thompson
• An Evening’s Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928 by Richard Koszarski
• Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars by Eve Golden