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A Woman of the World (1925)

A sensual European countess arrives at a small American town where she quickly provokes moral outrage from the community. Upon arriving, even before she steps out of her taxi a district ... See full summary »

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Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

Pierre Collings, Carl Van Vechten (novel)
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Cast overview:
Pola Negri ... Countess Elnora Natatorini
Charles Emmett Mack ... Gareth Johns
Holmes Herbert ... Richard Granger
Blanche Mehaffey ... Lennie Porter
Chester Conklin ... Sam Poore
Lucille Ward Lucille Ward ... Lou Poore
Guy Oliver ... Judge Porter
Dot Farley ... Mrs. Bierbauer
May Foster May Foster ... Mrs. Fox
Dorothea Wolbert ... Annie
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A sensual European countess arrives at a small American town where she quickly provokes moral outrage from the community. Upon arriving, even before she steps out of her taxi a district attorney informs her that loose women aren't welcome here. Donning a cigarette holder she explains with a seductive smile that she comes from Italy and asks for directions to her cousins château. The femme fatales exploits include drinking, smoking in public, enticing men, wearing extravagant garments and boasting a tattoo of a skull on her forearm. Written by norma-desmond

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 December 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Condessa Democrata See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Silent Cinema at its Very Best!
10 March 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

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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