Geraldine, you were talented, but Pola Negri has you beat and beat bad in a heads-up comparison.
First of all, there's looks. Leading ladies during a good bit of the silent movie era weren't very pretty. Geraldine Farrar, for all her talent, was not blessed in the looks department. Pola Negri, was, very much so.
Geraldine Farrar's best moment in the DeMille "Carmen" was when a soldier tries to butt in on her and Wallace Reid while they're sharing an embrace. Geraldine gives him a "NO!" look that gets the message across but good.
Pola had lots of neat moments. One I remember is when Harry Liedtke (Don Jose) expresses the desire to shoot her and she stands there and stretches her arms out. He can't do (at the time).
Besides Pola being so much better-looking than Gerladine Farrar it's not even funny, the story gives you lots of background into Don Jose's background. We get to know him. In the DeMille "Carmen", Wallace Reid is introduced as a guardsman at an entrance to the city.
Then there's the death scene. Farrar's is a neat as a pin, which is probably what Mr. DeMille wanted.
Pola's Carmen? After Don Jose stabs her, she lets out a yell and then writhes around before dying. It was a DEATH SCENE! If you only have time to watch one "Carmen", pick this one. You won't be sorry!