silent film vamp

Greta Garbo, The Temptress, 1926.

Costumes by Clement Andreani and Max Ree.

The Temptress (1926) is an American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo. Starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Lionel Barrymore and Roy D'Arcy it premiered on October 10, 1926. The film melodrama was based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez adapted for the screen by Dorothy Farnum.

In her fourth film and only second film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Garbo plays the title role, a vamp who inadvertently destroys many men who come in contact with her. The film was released on DVD in 2005 with a new score, written by Michael Picton, who won Turner Classic Movies’s fifth annual Young Film Composers competition.


The very sexy,Vampire Dance”, in “The Abyss/ Afgrunden”, ( “Woman Always Pays” ), a 1910 Danish film starring Asta Neilsen as a woman who falls for a carnival dance lothario, shunning the good man who wants to marry her, and running away with the passionate lover who treats her progressively worse, and worse. Which, of course, leads to her ruin and her ultimate tragedy.

Theda Bara as “Cleopatra” in Photoplay magazine, 1918.

“A lone harpist furnished nearly all the music for the emotional scenes in Theda Bara’s Cleopatra”. The accompaniment was described as “an old Egyptian tune”; but an astute investigator discovered that it was this - “La Cinquantaine” - The Golden Wedding. Imagine Marc and Octavius being vamped to a golden anniversary song.”