Fool There Was, A*

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Fool There Was, A*

  • 1915 ----- b & w ----- 59 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Frank Powell, screenplay by Roy L. McCardell, Frank Powell based on the play by Porter Emerson Browne which, in turn, is based on the poem "The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling; with Theda Bara, Edward Jose, Mabel Frenyear, Runa Hodges) Wealthy diplomat John Schuyler, a devoted husband and father, comes under the spell of a notorious femme fatale while away from his family. After the resulting scandal brings about his dismissal, he returns home, with his seductress in tow, abandoning his wife and daughter. Completely mesmerized by this "vampire," his life deteriorates as all rehabilitation by his wife and friends fail. In her first movie role (which built the Hollywood empire of William Fox and launched her discoverer, director frank Powell) Bara plays the sexual vampire to the hilt. This film is the source of the word "vamp". (With a musical soundtrack) [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Literature: American, Literature: English, Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Women Studies)