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A Fool There Was (PG)
16:00 / With live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand
13 January 2008
Part of Silent Film & Live Music Series
Tickets: £8.50 full price / £6 members & concessions
subject to availability
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‘Banned’ outright by the British Board of Film Censors in 1916, A Fool There Was stars Theda Bara as a ruthless femme fatale who seduces a happily married lawyer on board a ship to England.
Smitten by her charms, the resulting scandal leads to the loss of his job, and he returns home, abandons his wife and child, and spirals into decline.
Theda Bara became an overnight star in America, and the film’s source material, Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Vampire, provided Bara with her famous epitaph – The Vamp.
In this, her first starring role, she gives a sexually charged, mesmerizing performance and fills the screen.
US 1915 Dir. Frank Powell 67 min.
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