"Woman Of The World" is billed as a comedy but is more of a romantic drama. It's a good chance to see Pola Negri, who was thought to be very glamorous and exotic in the 20's but seems dated and old-fashioned now. To be fair, she was not photographed in a flattering manner in this film, but she has a tattoo, which would put her in the 21st century trendwise.
The plot is far-fetched. She is a European Countess who comes to live with her cousin in small town, USA. The local DA (Holmes Herbert) is on a crusade to rid the town of vice and spots a likely suspect in Negri - who is smoking in public! He confronts her and is smitten. The story becomes a battle of wits and he is challenged by a young buck (Charles Emmett Mack) for her affections. The DA is then alternately imperious and abject in her presence as the story progresses, confusing the issue.
'Woman Of The World" is outdated and overacted and prone to melodramatics. Comedy relief is supplied by Chester Conklin as her cousin with whom she is staying. Unless you have never seen Pola Negri this picture is worth missing. The actions of all concerned do not ring true and ultimately is too fanciful and does not cast Ms. Negri in a favorable light. Shown at Cinevent, Columbus, O., 5/13.
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