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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Pola is Dull
30 May 2014 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Woman of the World is about a Countess who is spurned by her lover, but she has already branded herself with his crest, a tattoo on her arm. Betrayed and craving a change of scenery, she travels to Iowa to stay with distant relatives, who are bewildered by her but eager to placate a Countess.

I had heard great things about this movie for years so I was excited when this movie was screened at Cinevent in 2013. However, I was utterly bored with Pola Negri. She played the vamp type, but there is nothing alluring or sexy about her. Her round, somewhat plain face and dull personality couldn't become jazzy no matter how much makeup they caked on her face, and believe me, they tried.

As a historical piece, there are worse movies you could see. The story isn't bad and it certainly illustrates what small-town life was like in the 1920s, a far cry from that of the city that most people associate with the flapper era.


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