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A Fool There Was

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3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Widely regarded as the screen's first true sex symbol - a leading actress whose charm was built not upon quaint innocence but carnal desire - Theda Bara revolutionized the adolescent art of cinematic sensuality. One of the very few Bara films that exist today, A Fool There Was catapulted the actress to stardom in 1915 and introduced the term "vamp" (both as a noun and a verb) to the American pop culture vocabulary. Bara plays the "Vampire," a cunning woman who uses her irresistible charms to seduce and abandon a series of influential men. When one lover commits suicide on the deck of a luxury liner, she merely turns her gaze to another passenger, John Schuyler (Edward Jose), and leads him down a path to moral degradation and public scorn. Schuyler's wife (Mabel Frenyear) never gives up hope for her husband's redemption but has severely underestimated the hypnotic power the Vampire has upon her victims. One of the most remarkable aspects of A Fool There Was is its uncompromising ending. Rather than offering a syrupy resolution of eleventh-hour moral enlightenment, the film allows its characters to follow their downward trajectories toward less edifying fates.


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  • Actors: May Allison, Theda Bara, Victor Benoit, Clifford Bruce, Mabel Frenyear
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000633SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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