Silent Movie Rule #3: Never ask to see Pola Negri’s tattoo


Asking countesses (particularly if they are played by Pola Negri) to see their tattoo is never a good idea. First of all, Pola is perfectly capable of walloping you. Second, it’s none of your darn business. (If you are worried about the family-friendliness of the film, I will say that it is on her forearm.)

This scene (and its title card) are priceless! It’s from A Woman of the World, one of Negri’s lighter films and a personal favorite of mine. (You can read my review here.) It has everything I love: Zany title cards, Sennett comedians and a very empowering narrative for its heroine. Damsel in distress? Feh!

Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.

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