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The Woman with the Hungry Eyes (2006)

The true story of the life of the movies first femme-fatale, Theda Bara, who made over 40 films, only a handful of which survive. Born in America, her film producers insisted she was an ... See full summary »


Hugh Munro Neely


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Credited cast:
AnnaLisa Erickson ... Hedda Hopper (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theda Bara ... (archive footage)
Robert S. Birchard Robert S. Birchard ... Himself
Megan Blanchard Megan Blanchard ... Isadora Duncan
Edward Brabin Edward Brabin ... Himself
Elizabeth Brabin Brace Elizabeth Brabin Brace ... Herself
Lucy Bush Lucy Bush ... Newspaper Reviewer (voice)
Catheryn Clarke Catheryn Clarke ... Theda Bara, age 18
Ben Deeley Ben Deeley ... (archive footage)
Dana Delany ... Theda Bara (voice)
Dennis Delsing Dennis Delsing ... Preston Sturges (voice)
Bram Dijkstra Bram Dijkstra ... Himself
Wendy Douglas Wendy Douglas ... Pauline deCoppet Goodman
Alice Eis ... (archive footage)
John E. Farrell John E. Farrell ... Reporter (voice)


The true story of the life of the movies first femme-fatale, Theda Bara, who made over 40 films, only a handful of which survive. Born in America, her film producers insisted she was an exotic foreigner, born in Egypt. Her most famous film was "Cleopatra" (Fox, 1917). Written by hughmn@aol.com

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The life and films of Theda Bara


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Release Date:

20 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$194,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Timeline Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (musical score and sound effects)


Color (black & white archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wonderful Documentary
3 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Woman with the Hungry Eyes (2006)

**** (out of 4)

Screen vamp Theda Bara is the subject of this wonderful documentary that digs into her career in the silent era. It seems that Bara has been forgotten overtime, which is probably due to the fact that the majority of her features are sadly lost.

What makes this documentary so special is that it really goes into great details about her career. As you'd expect, her early life and life after her movie career are covered but the majority of the 100- minute running time is devoted to her actual movies. What was so great about this is that the documentary goes from year to year and gives great detail about the movies that were made in those years, their production history, their box office success or failure and finally we even hear about how they compared to other movies from that year.

I really loved the way her story was told and I thought director Hugh Munro Neely did a brilliant job at breaking everything down and really delivering something truly great. As I said, the majority of Bara's work is lost, which is too bad but we're given excellent covered of some of her biggest movies including the notorious 1917 version of CLEOPATRA. There are film historians and critics on hand to discuss the work as well as the personal life of the actress.

If you're a fan of silent cinema then this documentary is a must see. If you're interested in who Theda Bara was then it's even more of a must.

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