Appreciation Site



This page covers old news in the world of Pola as far back as I have it. 

News 4-5-10:

The Pola Documentary makes its French première

This week is the BIG WEEK for Pola at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France, where she is the subject of a five-day screening series featuring movies from throughout her career (more info below).  And the fabulous Pola Negri documentary, Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema (2006), will receive its French Première at La Cinémathèque Française on April 12, the Grand Finale night of the screening series! 

Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema screens Monday, April 12, at 5:00 pm at La Cinémathèque Française, located at 51, rue de Bercy – 75012 in Paris, France.  You can read more about the documentary on the Pola Documentary: Life is a Dream in Cinema page.


News 3-28-10:

Pola Negri film retrospective at
La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

My good friend Cyrille Langendorff has realized a dream: to organize and present a week-long career retrospective of Pola Negri's movies at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France.  This week of Pola Negri movies is part of an even longer three-month series entitled "Tournages: Berlin-Paris-Hollywood".  Pola's week will run April 7-12, 2010, and will feature the recent 2006 Pola Negri documentary and thirteen Pola Negri movies from Bestia (1915) to Tango Notturno (1937).  


Info on the screening series (French language only) is available by clicking on the screenshot to the right or clicking here.  David Gasten, the webmaster of, actually wrote a biography on Pola Negri especially for this screening series.  The bio was rewritten slightly and translated into French by M. Langendorff.  You can view the bio by following the link and then clicking on the tab marked "Présentation" (outlined in red with a scarlet arrow pointing at it in the screenshot above).


Review of Pola's ultra-rare Madame Bovary (1937) 
by Frank Noack

 Berlin-based author and journalist Frank Noack has donated several fabulous articles to, and the latest is no exception. This is a rare review of the Gerhard Lamprecht-directed Madame Bovary (1937), one of Pola's six Third Reich movies.  I haven't seen this movie yet, but according to Frank's commentary it sounds like it may be one of the purest screen adaptations of the Gustave Flaubert novel.  Pola's Mazurka (1935) is a lost classic, and Frank likes it even better than Mazurka, which should tell you something. 

Click here to read the full review of Pola's Madame Bovary.

Song from Mazurka (1935) soundtrack 
featured in vintage music site

Pola's talkie films make great use of her smoky, Garbo-like contralto singing voice, and a number of the songs she sings in her movies were also released on 78 rpm shellac records.  Eventually I hope to get a full Pola discography on the site, but in the meantime, here's a little taster.  This is a 78 release of one of Pola's songs from Mazurka (1935) as featured on the vintage music site Weimar Rundfunk.  This is the song "Nur Eine Stunde", the one that Pola is singing in the cabaret when she sees the man who ruined her life seducing her daughter and shoots him on the spot. (Thanks to John Terendy for this link.)

Click here to listen to Pola's "Nur Eine Stunde" on Weimar Rundfunk.


News 3-3-10:

Welcome to the Two Thousand Teens, a decade which will make the 100th anniversary of Pola's entrance into the movies.  It's really hard to believe that the 1910's are really that long ago, especially when they seem so vivid and so close in silent movies.


Restored Madame DuBarry released on DVD

The Spanish company Divisa Video has released the F.W. Murnau Stiftung's restoration of Madame DuBarry (1919) on DVD in Europe.  Thier version features German intertitles with Spanish and Portugese subtitles.  I suspect that we will be treated with a version with English-language subtitles soon.  Click here for more information (in Spanish); click here to order it from FNAC (also in Spanish). (Thanks to John Debuclet for informing me of this.)


Olga Baclanova's site gets a makeover!

Our little sister site,, has just received a fabulous makeover!  It has a much cleaner and pleasant look that improves greatly on its original design, and also features a brand new Sound Page that features Olga singing in Russian.

And just in case you're wondering who Olga Baclaova is, she is a lovely Russian actress who was in silents and early talkies, most notably Tod Browning's Freaks (1932) and the prototypical Universal Horror film The Man Who Laughs (1928).  She was also in the now-lost 1928 silent movie Three Sinners with Pola Negri.  The site is run by film and memorabilia collector Paul Meienberg, and your webmaster has been in charge of designing and maintaining the site. 


Review of Sound and Smoke, a CD of reconstructed music from the 1920's Weimar Berlin Cabaret Scene

We had a news item a while back announcing this delightful CD, and now we have a review up as well.  This is the musical soundtrack of Pola Negri's Berlin period, and manages to authentically capture the excitement and the sleaze of the period.  As mentioned in the review, this CD makes the 1971 movie Cabaret seem like a clown circus in comparison, it's that good.  

Click here to read the review.


And speaking of sleaze:

The Reconstructed The Joyless Street (1925) is here!

Asta Nielsen (left, seated) in The Joyless Street.  

We had a news item last summer about the coming release of the reconstructed The Joyless Street (1925), which is a silent German sleaze epic featuring Asta Nielsen and Greta Garbo and directed by G.W. Pabst of Pandora's Box fame.  The 2-DVD reissue was finally released by Edition Filmmuseum of Germany in October of 2009, and I would agree with the chorus at Nitrateville that it was probably the highlight of silent movie releases for last year.  I will also say that of all the German silents I've watched (and I've seen a lot), I've never seen one that just wallows in the decadence of the period quite like this in full-blown Cecil B. DeMille "exploitation epic" style.  I will have a detailed review of this amazing 2-DVD set up soon, so watch for that.  In the meantime, visit Edition Filmmueum's website for details and ordering info.

News 12-13-09:

Review of Asta Nielsen DVD 
featuring Asta's complete Danish films

I'm a huge Asta Nielsen fan and I've been wanting to add some reviews of Asta Nielsen's movies to the Pola site for a long time.  And we have finally done that with a review of the Danish Film Institute's DVD release which features the Complete Danish Films of Asta Nielsen. 

Click here to read the review.

Asta Nielsen was a huge German silent movie star in the 1910's and early 1920's.  I like to think of her as Pola Negri's big sister because she is a similarly great actress that pulls you into her world and makes you believe that she really is whatever character she is playing. Three of the films in this DVD release are monumental works of art that are literally as important as Birth of a Nation in their importance to the development of cinema.   

Here is a very sexy clip from the first and most famous of these films, 1910's Afgrunden (The Abyss):



News (9-3-09):

 Pre-order discount for Ladies of the German Cinema!

Pola Negri Sappho (1921) - Henny Porten Backstairs (1921)

It's finally here!  Today is the official release date of the long-awaited Ladies of the German Cinema DVD. This double-feature DVD includes the video debut of Pola's 1921 movie Sappho, and a crisp new transfer of the influential Henny Porten film Backstairs (also 1921).

Retail for Ladies of the German Cinema will be $19.95, but until September 15, 2009, the DVD is available at a pre-order price of $14.45 US + shipping!  (Offer expired)


News (7-14-09):

Detailed review of HI DIDDLE DIDDLE (1943)
In May of 2009, Grapevine Video released Pola's second to last film, Hi Diddle Diddle (1943), on DVD.  I now have a detailed review of the DVD up that you can read by clicking here.

Pola Negri's Sappho (1921) to be released on DVD in early August!

Pola's Negri's extremely rare German drama Sappho (1921) is to be released in early August of this year on DVD by Grapevine Video!  The film will be released under the title Ladies of the German Screen, and will be featured alongside Backstairs starring Henny Porten, which was also released in 1921.  Grapevine are giving his particular release a lot of extra attention, and your webmaster has written liner notes for the DVD, created the title of the release, donated photos for the DVD artwork, and advised on the music score (which is going to be devastating, by the way).  Watch this space and we will let you know when this DVD is released as soon as we receive word.  (Update: released 9-13-09.)

News (5-13-09):

Lost film from Pola's Polish period FOUND!

According to the New/Polski Radio, "An early (and thus far unnamed) Pola Negri vehicle has been discovered at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia by the husband-and-wife team of Marek and Malgorzata Hendrykowski from Poznan University. Dating from the 1910s, the Polish production is a detective story set in Warsaw. The print has Italian subtitles and is said to be in good condition." (Click here for more information.) 

I have not been able to ascertain which title from Pola's Polish period this is, but I am guessing that it is one from the "Mysteries in Warsaw" film series, which consisted of POKOJ NR. 13 (Room #13), ARABELLA, and TAJEMNICA ALEI UJAZDOWSKIOCH  (Mystery of Uyazdovsky Lane).  If anyone knows, feel free to contact me and I will publish the information.  Thanks to my friends Carmen Hillebrew, Peter Kalm, and Bruce Calvert for alerting me of this information!

Munich Filmmuseum reconstruction of The Joyless Street (1925) finally released on DVD!

Greta Garbo in The Joyless Street (1925).

Since the inception of this site, the Pola Negri Appreciation Site has linked to an obscure article about the Munich Filmmuseum's reconstruction of the 1925 film The Joyless Street (aka Die freudlose Gasse).  This German silent stars Asta Nielsen and Greta Garbo, and was directed by G. W. Pabst of Pandora's Box fame.  The Joyless Street may well be one of the most censored movies of all time, as film boards in every region of the world found something offensive in this film to edit out.  Because of this, all copies of the film that survive are severely botched, making The Joyless Street a confusing mess to watch--until now.  

Asta Nielsen (left, seated) in The Joyless Street.  

In the mid-1990's, a team of three German researchers spent a year and a half working on reconstructing The Joyless Street from various print sources from around the world, and arose with a version that completely reorganizes the storyline and, in the process,  "giv[es] the film a previously unrecognized depth."   And after sitting in the archives for thirteen years, we are elated to report that this labor of love will finally be released on DVD in Europe.   I'm expecting that we will see a US release soon thereafter since Greta Garbo is on the bill.  The deluxe, 2-DVD Region 2 release of the reconstructed The Joyless Street will contain the film itself, two documentaries, outtakes from the film, and a gallery of stills and lobby cards.  The DVD will be available from Edition Filmmuseum in July of 2009.  (Note: this release date has been delayed.)


News (12-13-07):

 Review of Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip: Music for 
Experimental Film
DVD in the "Music in Silent Films" section

Tom Verlaine?  You mean that guitar player from the New York punk scene band Television?  Yep, that's the one.  Tom Verlaine has teamed up with fellow guitar player Jimmy Rip to create guitar soundtracks for a number of experimental silent shorts.  These soundtracks and the shorts they accompany have been released by Kino Video on a DVD called Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip: Music for Experimental Film.   This is probably the best introduction to experimental silent shorts you could ask for, because the soundtracks are so gorgeous.   The soundtracks transform the films from abstract, artsy experiments to beautiful, romantic dreams that you don't want to wake up from. 
December 13th is Tom Verlaine's and your webmaster's shared birthday, so in honor of that, I have added an in-depth review of the Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip: Music for Experimental Film DVD to the "Music in Silent Films" section of this site.  You can read the review here.   So Happy Birthday to Tom Verlaine and to yours truly, your not-so-humble webmaster!


More News (12-7-07):

Lady-fronted musical group releases full-length tribute
 to singing German film star ZARAH LEANDER

2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zarah Leander, Nazi Germany’s singing Greta Garbo.  As Joseph Goebbels began wanting to include propaganda in Pola Negri’s movies and Pola resisted, Swedish-born actress Zarah Leander picked up the banner where Pola Negri left off and became one of the most beloved singing stars of the Nazi era, having the advantage of being ten years younger than Pola and possessing a deep alto singing voice that is similar to Pola’s.  Although many of the films of the Nazi period have become spurned or forgotten (and maybe justly so), Zarah’s films and music from the period continue to be loved by many in Germany and Europe in general to this day.

In August of 2007, a lady-fronted, cabaret-influenced Norwegian musical group named Einmal Kommt Die Liebe commemorated Zarah Leander’s 100th birthday by releasing a full-length musical tribute to her.  Entitled Wunderbar!, the album contains recreations of many of Zarah’s best-loved songs, as well as some original songs written about Zarah.  The album is available on the Norwegian-based Provocateur Media label.  I will be adding a review of this tribute album to the Pola site in time, but meanwhile you can click here to listen to songs from the album and click here to buy the album.

The Ophelia Orchestra's Sound and Smoke:
 a sleazy, authentic reproduction of the music of Weimar Berlin

In addition to releasing the above-mentioned Zarah Leander tribute, Provocateur Media has available an amazing full-length CD of authentic rerecordings of music from Weimar-era Berlin.  Entitled Sound and Smoke: The Music of the Berlin Cabaret Era and recorded by a musical group called The Ophelia Orchestra, this album faithfully reproduces the musical soundtrack to the period of Berlin history that gave us the art and personalities of Pola Negri, Conrad Veidt, Marlene Deitrich, Kurt Weill, Otto Dix, and many others.  What makes this particular album such a fantastic listen is the fact that the producers purposely avoided a dry, classical, textbook-type approach typical of practically every other rerecording of the music of this era, and instead set about giving the album a sleazy, sporadic, low-brow feel, to the point where you can almost see and feel the reckless, depraved party scene that was 1920’s Berlin, warts and all.   

Approximately seven years of research went into the making of the album.  The album features songs that represent all of the important movers and shakers of the period, and discusses the scene of the period in detail with numerous period photographs and very detailed liner notes.  With this in mind, Sound and Smoke is an essential item for understanding Pola’s world, as this album faithfully and meticulously captures the music and the social scene she experienced and was part of during her tenure as a film star at UFA.  Unfortunately, the album is going out of print and will only available for a limited time.  I should have a review for this album forthcoming as well, but in the meantime, you can click here to buy the album.


More News (10-26-07):

Hi everybody!  David Gasten, your webmaster, here.  I really apologize about not being as available as I'd like to be here in Pola Land.  The reason I've been unavailable is that I have been putting most of my energy into jump-starting a Saturday Night Swing Dance and a rocking, teenage Swing Band here in the Denver, Colorado, USA metro area.  The Band has been seven years in the making and it will easily be the most intense and danceable band in the Neo-Swing genre once it gets going, but it will simultaneously avoid all the clichés that have beset other groups in the genre.  The Dance is a little more established, but getting it going has been a year-long proposition of really hard work and sacrifices of all kinds along the way, hence why dear Pola isn't getting quite as much attention these days.  The way I look at it is that if Pola started a Sarah Bernhardt or Ada Negri fan club and that's all she did other than work and raise a family, we'd never have Pola Negri as we know and love her today.  And the same goes for your webmaster, for better or for worse. 

By the way, if you're interested in seeing what we're up to in the world of Swing Dancing, check out this page.  If you live in the Denver area, or happen to be passing through when we're having a dance, then you are personally invited to come join us; you'll have an amazing time!

But in the meantime, back to Pola and silent movie-related stuff--after all, that's why you're here. Here we go...


Pola's The Spanish Dancer (1923) makes it to DVD!

Last year, Reel Classic DVD released a really nice transfer of the 5-reel Kodascope print of The Spanish Dancer (1923) on DVD.  It's nice to see this one released on DVD!  Click here to read my review of Reel Classic DVD's release of The Spanish Dancer.


Review of Bestia (1915), Pola's first film

German author and film critic Frank Noack recently saw a screening of Bestia (aka The Polish Dancer), Pola's first film and Poland's first feature film, and has made his review of this film available to the Pola Negri Appreciation Site. You can read his review of Bestia here. 

Another DVD release of The Eyes of the Mummy (1918)

Have you ever heard of Alpha Video?  Chances are good that if you live in the USA, you've seen budget releases of older films put out by Alpha Video in a bargain bin at a grocery store or somewhere like that.  Well, in recent years, Alpha Video has been overrun by serious film fans, and these folks have gone about releasing all kinds of rare classics from the silent era at budget prices, stuff like the serial Tarzan The Tiger (1929), a compilation of the surviving material from the Italian Sci-fi epic L'Uomo Mecchanico (1926) and Will Rogers' 1922 version of The Headless Horseman, the 1913 and the 1926 version of the German film The Student of Prague (the '26 version is a MUST SEE--one of my favorite silent movies EVER), and the list goes on.  

One of the items Alpha Video has released is Pola's The Eyes of the Mummy (1918).  This makes that particular film the easiest (and cheapest) Pola silent to get by a long shot, so now you have no excuse.  I haven't seen Alpha's version of The Eyes of the Mummy yet, but I'm guessing it's probably on par with the other versions that are currently available.  You can buy it cheap from here.

Cecil B. DeMille's The Godless Girl (1929) on DVD?! 
(No Kidding!)

George Dureya and Lina Basquette rescue Noah Beery from a burning prison in The Godless Girl (1929).

I can't believe this has actually happened.  Cecil B. DeMille, the creator of the big-budget exploitation film and the man who led the way in the American film industry's move onto the San Andreas fault line, released his last silent film, The Godless Girl, in 1929.  For a long time, it has been unclear as to whether this film survived in a showable print, because one known surviving print, held by the UCLA, apparently was decomposed enough that it looked like The Battle of the Space Amoebas when screened. Well, of all things, The Godless Girl has gone from quasi-lost status to being restored by the George Eastman House from a print owned by DeMille himself, and is now available on DVD as part of the Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934 box set, which was released on October 16 of this year.  This isn't quite as amazing as Beyond the Rocks (1922) going from lost status to being something you can find on the shelf at your local DVD store, but it's getting there.  

If you have an all-region player and can afford the $68 US for the 4-DVD set (and the way the American Dollar is performing right now, that's probably quite doable if you live outside the US), you can now watch The Godless Girl on your DVD player anytime you want, instead of wondering if you'll ever get to see it, as many of us have for years. Here it is on

News (1-1-07):
Happy Birthday, Pola!

January 3rd marks the 110th birthday of our beloved Pola!
Happy birthday, Pola; we love you!


Transit Films releases 6-DVD box set of Lubitsch films in Germany

Transit Films, the German releasing company that gave us the five movies in Kino’s “Lubitsch in Berlin” series (including the Pola movies Die Bergkatze/The Wildcat and Sumurun), have released a 6-DVD box set in Germany of all five of those films, one on each disc, plus a German-language documentary about Lubitsch and his movies which appears on disc six.  The official release date for this was November 22, 2006.  Keep in mind that this is a German language release, with the movies being presented exactly as found in the Kino series except with German intertitles instead of English intertitles.  You can order Transit’s Lubitsch box set here. 


New article on the Kino DVD release of Die Bergkatze/The Wildcat

 I’ve also posted an in-depth review of the Kino DVD release of Die Bergkatze/The Wildcat here; you can also read my review of Kino’s DVD release of Sumurun here.

Grapevine Video releases Gypsy Blood on DVD

Grapevine Video have finally released a DVD of Gypsy Blood (1918), the last of the Pola Negri VHS titles they had available before they pulled them out of production in  2003 that hadn't seen a DVD reissue.  Release date was December 15th.  I do not yet know what this version looks like compared to Sunrise Silents’ DVD version, but I would assume that it at least contains the scenes that were missing in the Sunrise version, because those scenes were intact on the original VHS version that Grapevine carried.   Once I get a copy, I will try to get a review of it up on the Pola site.  In the meantime, you can order Grapevine’s Gypsy Blood here.  

Special Offer for friends of the Pola Negri Appreciation Site:  save $2 on every title in the Grapevine Video catalog!  Click here for details on how to take advantage of this amazing offer!

The Winners of the Pola DVD Giveaway

Our Pola DVD giveaway is officially over, and I had a really weird thing happen: the winners (selected at random, mind you) had extremely similar names.  Jonathan Sanders in the UK won the DVD copy of Die Bergkatze, and John Saunders from Canada won the DVD copy of Sumurun.  Congratulations, guys!  I have a couple of extra DVD copies of Die Bergkatze/The Wildcat and Sumurun, so I will be doing another giveaway in a few months—watch this space…

Collectible Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy book released in its Second Edition

Here’s a piece of non-Pola news that I haven’t had a chance to share yet.  Back in 1976, The A.S. Barnes Company released a book called  The Films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy that was pretty much the definitive work on the greatest musical duo in movie history.  The book has been out of print for years and copies of the original edition generally fetch $75-$200 today.  The good news is that Knowles released an expanded, updated second edition of this wonderful book on the Booksurge Publishing imprint that includes over 100 extra pages of extra material.  (You’ll see my name in the acknowledgements too, which I am really proud of.)  You can buy the new edition of this magnificent book here.


More News (12-5-06):

Kino releases Die Bergkatze (aka The Wildcat) and Sumurun on DVD!


We at the Pola Negri Appreciation Site have been waiting for this for a long time.  Die Bergkatze (1921; released as The Wildcat), Pola's funniest and strangest movie, as well as one of the funniest silent movies ever (yes, you heard right), was officially released on DVD today (December 5, 2006) by Kino International, along with the amazing restoration of Pola's Sumurun (1920; aka One Arabian Night).   

Die Bergkazte/The Wildcat has, up to this point, been a criminally unavailable lost masterpiece.  There is literally no other movie like it in existence, and it looks and plays  like Monty Python fifty years before Monty Python—literally.  Sumurun has been available before in its cut-down American release version One Arabian Night, but now you can see it as director Ernst Lubitsch intended it—hilarious, dramatic, sexy, and the starting point of Lubitsch's trademark directorial style (aka "The Lubitsch Touch").



Kino released Die Bergkazte/The Wildcat and Sumurun as two parts of a four-DVD series entitled "LUBITSCH IN BERLIN" today, all of which feature movies directed by Ernst Lubitsch when he was working in Germany in the 1910's and 1920's before he and Pola became the first director and star to be imported to Hollywood from Europe.  Also included in the series are the costume tragedy Anna Boleyn (1920) starring Emil Jannings and Henny Porten (Germany's Mary Pickford), and a double feature of the comedies The Oyster Princess (1919) and I Don't Want To Be a Man (1920), both starring Ossi Oswalda, whom Lubitsch used in his comedies as routinely as he used Pola in his dramas.  Click here to read more about this amazing and much-needed DVD reissue series.


More News (10-22-06):

We're happy to report that the Pola Negri film festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on September 18-25 of this year was an overwhelming success!  Both of the Pola documentary screenings were sold out and met with warm audience reception. 


Pola's posthumous career continues to grow, and we are now pleased to announce that another  Pola Negri film festival is being co-hosted in Chicago on November 6-9 by the Polish Film Festival of America and the Chicago Silent Film Society.  Here is a listing of events: 

Monday, Nov. 6, 8:45 pm Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006) with introduction and commentary by director Mariusz Kotowski
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:00 pm A Woman of the World (1925)
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:00 pm Barbed Wire (1927)
Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:00 pm Hotel Imperial (1927)

General admission tickets are $10.00 per feature film and $8.50 for the documentary film ($9.00 & $7.50 seniors & students). Tickets are available in advance by phone at 773-486-9612 or online at; they are also available at the venues one hour prior to the screenings. For further information, go to The PFFA's online press release about the event.

New Articles on the Pola Site

German author and film critic Frank Noack has contributed translations of some vintage German texts on Pola Negri's Mazurka period.  This is a fascinating collection of material, and you can read it here.  Also, I have added reviews of Sunrise Silents' Gypsy Blood DVD release and Grapevine Video's DVD release of Hotel Imperial, as well as a review of the new F.W. Murnau Stiftung restoration of Sumurun and Sunrise Silents' DVD release of One Arabian Night (all in one article, which you can read here), to the "Articles About Pola's Films" section of the site. 


Pola Negri is returning to the screen in New York this month via a week-long festival hosted by the Museum of Modern Art.  Entited "Pola Negri: Life is a Dream", the festival will run from September 18-25.  The crown jewel of the festival will be the East Coast premiere of the Mariusz Kotowski-directed documentary on Pola's life entitled Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri, which will feature an introduction by the director and legendary actor Eli Wallach.   Here is a listing of events: 


Monday, Sept. 18, 6:00 pm Excerpt from Carmen (1918) (piano acc. by Ben Model)
Monday, Sept. 18, 8:15 pm Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006), introduced by director Mariusz Kotowski and actor Eli Wallach 
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8:15 pm Die Bergkatze (1921) (piano acc. by Stuart Oderman)
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:00 pm Outtakes from A Woman On Trial (1927)
Excerpt from A Woman Commands (1932)
A Woman of the World (1925)
(piano acc. by Ben Model)
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8:00 pm Hotel Imperial (1927) (piano acc. by Stuart Oderman)
Friday, Sept. 22, 6:00 pm Excerpt from Carmen (1918) (piano acc. by Ben Model)
Friday, Sept. 22, 8:00 pm Die Bergkatze (1921) (piano acc. by Stuart Oderman)
Sunday, September 24, 1:30 pm Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006)
Monday, September 25, 6:00 pm Hotel Imperial (1927) (piano acc. by Stuart Oderman)
Monday, September 25, 8:00 pm Outtakes from A Woman On Trial (1927)
Excerpt from A Woman Commands (1932)
A Woman of the World (1925)
(piano acc. by Ben Model)

By the way, the A Woman on Trial outtakes are the only known surviving material from what is otherwise a lost film.  For further information, go to The Museum of Modern Art's website.


Hotel Imperial now on DVD!

Grapevine Video has reissued Pola Negri's film Hotel Imperial (1927) on DVD.  The DVD reissue features a brand new transfer from a better-quality print with higher-quality equipment. Click here for ordering information.


More News (4-28-06):

Sunrise Silents releases CD-ROM of movie magazine
with Pola Negri theme

Silent film distributor Sunrise Silents have been releasing a library of vintage movie magazines on CD-ROM in addition to their high-quality DVD releases of silent films.  The most recent addition to their CD-ROM catalog has been the April 1925 Motion Picture magazine, which features Pola Negri on the cover, and includes the cover article "The Mystery of Pola Negri" by Harry Carr and a review of Pola's then-current film East of Suez (1925).  This CD-ROM release follows the 2005 releases of their beautifully-packaged DVD's of Pola's films Gypsy Blood (aka Carmen, 1918) and One Arabian Night (aka Sumurun, 1920).  Visit Sunrise Silents' website for ordering information.


Grapevine Video reissues Passion (1919),
Pola Negri's most important film

Silent and early talkie film distributor Grapevine Video has just reissued Passion (aka Madame DuBarry, 1919) on DVD.  Passion is easily the most important and groundbreaking film Pola Negri appeared in, and makes its debut on DVD at long last thanks to Grapevine's efforts.   If you saw the Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri documentary, you may be interested to know that the clips of Madame DuBarry that you saw in the film come directly from this release's source print.  This title was once available on VHS, but was pulled from circulation and has been out of print until now.  Follow this link for ordering information.

More News (3-15-06):

It's finally here...

We've promised for a while that Pola Negri will be making her triumphant return to the big screen via a feature-length documentary about her life and films.  And now, the documentary is finally here!  Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri, directed by Mariusz Kotowski and produced by Bright Shining City Productions, is making its World Premiere in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theatre as a featured entry in the highly esteemed Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles in the last weekend of April.  The film is a true labor of love from its Polish-born director, who invested three years of work and a considerable personal fortune into bringing Pola back to the screen.  Click here to see our new page about the documentary, and keep checking the site for updates on future screenings.

"Pola Negri: The Unknown Years 1935-1938"

German film critic and author Frank Noack wrote a wonderful article especially for this site about Pola's Nazi/Third Reich period.  It's entitled "Pola Negri: The Unknown Years 1935-1938".  It's a beautifully written piece that not only contains many rare and little-known facts about Pola's Nazi/Third Reich period, it is also an excellent introduction to the German movies of the period for the English-speaking world, naming and describing a number of Germany's biggest stars and movies from the 1930's and 40's.  I illustrated the article with some very rare photos from the period supplied to me by my friend Joop van Dijk.   Click here to read the article.

Sunrise Silents releases Pola's One Arabian Night (1920)

Silent film distributor Sunrise Silents has followed up their April 2005 release of Gypsy Blood (aka Carmen, 1918) with a November 2005 DVD release of Pola's 1920 film One Arabian Night (aka Sumurun).  This release includes a wealth of bonus material, including the 1926 Lupino Lane short His Private Life; the talking short The Voice of Hollywood (1929), featuring Reginald Denny, Anita Page, and Mack Sennett amongst others; a selection of Pola Negri portraits and glass advertising slides, and commentary from Sunrise Silents proprietor Rich Oliveri about the possible influences on Pola's Paramount-era roles.   Click here for ordering information.


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