J.-Gordon-Edwards

THEDA BARA / CLEOPATRA (1917)
10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm.) sepia-toned double weight matte finish print still, USA. Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, dir: J. Gordon Edwards; Fox Studios. Though she is now iconic as “The Vamp,” Theda Bara played a variety of great roles in early American silent film. In fact, she played many of the greatest roles and, when not playing the vamps of history with Cleopatra, Madame Du Barry, Salomé, Camille and various others, she actually played the sweet girl and virgin in such titles as Romeo and Juliet, Kathleen Mavourneen, East Lynne and Under Two Flags. She is remembered for her first hit A Fool There Was, an early epic version of Cleopatra. It was the team of Fox artists who worked on many of her films who created that epic atmosphere. This portrait of Bara wearing an elaborate crown and jewel-encrusted gown is a testament to the film making of the period.