Film Series: Vamp - A Fool There Was (1915)
Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow: the most well-known faces of the silent film era — and the first American superstars of the modern age. Join Fresh City Life as we highlight the beautiful and talented women who helped to launch a new art form. These pre-sound movie icons were masters of telling a story with an artful gesture or a meaningful look. We’ve scheduled five great films and we’ll let you know about other great silent films in our collection, too.
A Fool There Was (1915)
Directed by Frank Powell. Starring Theda Bara.
"Theda Bara made 44 films, but only six have survived in full or in part, one of the lowest survival rates of any major star. Were it not for the fortunate survival of the film that launched her persona of The Vampire – A Fool There Was – we might never have truly understood what she meant to an entire generation of women, or why. The turn of the 20th century was the vampire’s first crucible moment. A play about a vampirish woman called A Fool There Was hit the stage in 1909 and was adapted for the screen. Unknown actress Theodosia Goodman of Cincinnati — soon to be redubbed Theda Bara — was chosen to play The Vampire. And one of Hollywood’s first superstars was born." — Marilyn Ferdinand, ferdyonfilms.com. 67 minutes. Not rated.