Dressed to the nines in a truly stunning wardrobe by Howard Greer, the ultra-charismatic Pola Negri shines like a beacon through this amusing comedy of manners which pokes delightful fun not only at the "good" citizens of rustic America but even at the countess herself. However, even in the most ludicrous situations, Pola Negri plays so realistically and yet with such engrossing sympathy and charisma, we never once lose our whole-hearted involvement in her destiny.
True, I would have enjoyed a slightly different conclusion, but it must be admitted that staid old Holmes Herbert (see "Through the Breakers" for a good example of his usual characterization) contributes a far more lively performance here.
I was also not 100% happy with Chester Conklin (in my opinion, a clumsy, mechanical clown with an unlikable personality), but the rest of the players hit the spot both pleasurably and with precision.
I particularly liked young Charles Emmett Mack, a most engaging youth who had quickly advanced through the ranks and finally achieved stardom in his previous film, "Down Upon the Suwannee River". (He was tragically killed in a car accident just 2 years later).
Always beautifully photographed by Bert Glennon and often stylishly directed by Mal St Clair, "A Woman of the World" represents silent cinema at its very best.
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