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A Fool There Was (1915)

 -  Drama  -  12 January 1915 (USA)
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A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman.

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John Schuyler, happily married Wall Street lawyer, is appointed as special diplomatic representative to England. By an unhappy accident, his wife and child can't come along; but on the ship with him is "The Vampire," a "notorious woman" who lives off a succession of men she has seduced and ruined. Slighted by Mrs. Schuyler, she has set her sights on the husband. Two months later, we find the Fool languishing with the mistress who has him enmeshed in her toils. Will he follow the others to the depths of degradation? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Other actresses considered by director Powell as the vamp were Valeska Suratt and Madlaine Traverse. He almost settled on Virginia Pearson before giving it to Bara. See more »

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During the "sunset of happiness" shot, the ocean waves are going in reverse, showing the film has been run backwards. See more »

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The Vampire: Kiss me, my Fool!
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Potboiler, 1915 style
16 June 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Considering that 1915 was the year of "Birth of a Nation", it is interesting to see what else passed as entertainment for cinema goers that year. "A Fool There Was" is probably the equivalent of your average Sharon Stone epic; lurid, melodramatic and utterly irresistible. This was a star making vehicle for Theda Bara, and though her style seems as remote as the ice age, one can clearly see the strength of her persona. Her appeal to 1915 audiences must have been profound.

The film is primitive even by silent standards. Close ups are stinted upon, the direction is rudimentary. Alone in the cast Bara is worth watching, though I suspect it gives but a glimpse of her full powers. Good fun, if hardly profound entertainment.


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