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Where am I in all this?

Michael Newton: Pola Negri

19 February 2015
Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale 
by Mariusz Kotowski.
Kentucky, 322 pp., £29.95, April 2014, 978 0 8131 4488 7
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... as one would expect of a European inclined to see in cinema the possibilities of High Art. The name suggests that Olga Mara is meant to stand in for Theda Bara. Bara was (despite the claim in MariuszKotowski’s subtitle) Hollywood’s original femme fatale, or, as they used to say, ‘vamp’. But she was merely a counterfeited version of European – and Egyptian – mystery and sophistication ...

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