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VAMPS & FEMMES FATALES

Although the 100% evil vamp was exclusive of the less sophisticated audiences of the 1910s, many of them lasted well over the early1920s, and gave way to  the more realistic femme fatale, played so well by Garbo in the classic Flesh and The Devil  (1927). The vamps: from  top to bottom: posing with the big skull Virginia Pearson, the great Jetta Goudal, perverse Nita Naldi, Theda Bara in a still portrait of the self-mocking film Madame Mystery from 1926, Garbo, Olga Petrova and the leopard woman Louise Claum.

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.