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77 Ratings

A Fool There Was

Directed by Frank Powell
United States, 1915
Silent, Drama


A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman. Theodosia Goodman made her notorious screen debut as the exotic Theda Bara and provided American English with the new word “vamp”.

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A Fool There Was Directed by Frank Powell

Critics reviews

The film jumps between these two lines of action, neither yielding any surprises. Much of the story’s told by telegram or through a long, lousy poem. The staging, at least, has some depth to it. Figures extend far back into the frame, especially during a drunken party late in the film. Bara, too, is fun to watch as she plays this misogynistic fable’s object of scorn.
May 27, 2017
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