One of only two surviving Theda Bara films made during the height of her vampish fame, this production casts her as the victim of a cad and bounder who persuades her to leave hearth and home. Based on a Victorian drama and stage warhorse.
Deliciously over-the-top, slightly goofy, always fun… Who among us hasn’t wanted to say, “Kiss me, My Fool!” at least once? The funny thing is, people say the line without even realizing that they are quoting a silent movie.
Theda Bara was not actually the first movie vamp but she remains the most famous. This picture, her first vampire melodrama, is rough around the edges but it does give us a taste of her quirky charisma.
The movie vamp took pop culture by storm, thanks to some clever marketing from Fox Studios and some consciously over-the-top acting from overnight sensation Theda Bara. The film is the story of a diplomat who falls into the clutches of a cruel vampire and spends the rest of the film whining about his fate. Mwahahaha! Girls win! Girls win!
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I am taking a tiny break from the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook to prepare a recipe from a star who was the very essence of the 1910s. After all, the mid-‘teens were the age of the vamp and no vamp was more famous than Theda Bara.