Fun Size Review: The Polish Dancer (1917)

Poland’s biggest silent film star in one of her rare Polish films! Pola Negri plays a young woman who runs away from home and finds more trouble than she bargained for in the big city.

The plot is weak sauce, a collection of cliches rather than a coherent story, but Negri’s charisma is undeniable. Her star power is already evident and it’s no surprise that her career was about to catch fire.

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How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Half the cast (including Negri) dies. That’ll learn ’em!

If it were a dessert it would be: Some peanuts, hot fudge sauce and a cherry. Some good ingredients but it ain’t no sundae.

Read my review here.

Availability: Released on DVD has part of the Pola Negri Iconic Collection box set. The set is out of print, alas, but be sure to grab a copy if you stumble across it.

4 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Polish Dancer (1917)”

    1. The film’s original title was “Bestia” but it was renamed when it was released in the US, doubtlessly to make a connection with the fancy new Paramount production showcasing Negri.

      1. Interesting! I did not realize they changed the name (should have guessed). She was excellent in the Spanish Dancer – I saw it at the SF Silent Film Festival three years ago. Great fun!

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