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Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films (2011)

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Michael Pogorzelski: Without being able to see the complete film, its often hard to understand what all the fuss was about. For instance, in 1915 Theda Bara was an overnight sensation upon the release of her first film, "A Fool There Was". She became famous as the Vamp and her command, "Kiss me, my fool", from her first film, became a popular catch-phrase. In essence, she was silent screen's first sex symbol. Making more than 40 films between 1914 and 1919, of which only two are known to survive.
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Probably not of much interest to the average viewer.
12 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This documentary consists of a couple film historians/preservationists showing clips of surviving footage from missing films. They are almost exclusively silent movies and the fragments are probably mostly of interest to HUGE silent film buffs and historians. However, other folks will not only find the clips of dubious value but the delivery of the hosts is about as dull and lifeless as humanly possible. Any interest and excitement they have about the subject matter is totally lost and this makes the documentary a lot more tedious than it needs to be. There were also a few interviews and the one with Baby Peggy was exceptionally interesting--one of the few highlights of this film shown on Turner Classic Movies.


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