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The Unchastened Woman (Silent)

Review Modest housewife Caroline Knollys discovers that she is pregnant. Rushing to tell her husband Hubert, she finds him in the arms of a younger woman. Determined to one day have revenge, she escapes to Europe. Despite having the baby, she transforms herself from housewife to vamp, becoming the most-talked about woman in Venice. Returning to America, she uses the child to blackmail her husband and his mistress. But Caroline finds that her love for Hubert was not as dormant as she thought, and instead decides to use her newly-won confidence to reunite the family. The Unchastened Woman is one of only three surviving films starring Theda Bara, the silver screen's first sex symbol. She made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most were destroyed by the 1937 fire that struck the 20th Century Fox storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey (The other two surviving Bara films are A Fool There Was from 1915 and East Lynne from 1916). Nicknamed ""The Vamp"" for her femme fatale roles that inevitably brought male characters to ruin, the exotic-looking Bara was said to be born in the Sahara to an Arab sheik. In actuality, she was born to a Polish family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Regardless, publicists enjoyed emphasizing that her name was an anagram of ""Arab death"". Eventually tiring of the vamp image, she let her contract with Fox expire in 1919. Without studio support, Bara's career suffered and she did not make another film until small startup company Chadwick Pictures signed her to star in The Unchastened Woman. Not proving to be the comeback she wished for, Bara never starred in another feature, retiring to her former home in Cincinnati.
Clara Bow Double Feature: My Lady of Whims (1925) (Silent) / Black Oxen (1923) (Silent)

Review A 4-DVD set containing a collection of movies featuring some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the silent movie era.
The Average Woman (Silent)

Review Step back in time to the golden age of classic silver screen Hollywood.

She is a woman of legend and mystery. A beauty that was worshiped from afar. This is the original and first Cleopatra starring the silver screen goddess, Theda Bard, as the Queen herself, whose ill-fated romance with one of Rome’s greatest generals, Anthony, has been told again and again.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


A Fool There Was

Review Inspired by Kipling's poem, "The Vampire," A Fool There Was catapulted Theda Bara into super-stardom. America was captivated by "The Vamp," a beautiful seductress who would use sex to ruin powerful men. With the studio publicists circulating exotic stories, such as her name being an anagram for "Arab Death," she would make scores of films for Fox over the next several years, most notably Salomeand Cleopatra, both in 1918.

Wealthy lawyer John Schuyler is appointed by the president as a special envoy to Great Britain. Leaving his wife and young daughter behind, he sets sail for England. On board he is waylaid by the beautiful and sensuous "Vampire," who quickly seduces the diplomat. Schuyler becomes helplessly addicted to her sexual charms, while she begins methodically draining his wealth. The once brilliant and accomplished lawyer is soon spiraling out-of-control, downward past the depths of depravity and hurtling toward self-destruction.

Bonus: This release also includes The Sultan's Wife (1917) with Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon, and directed by Clarence G. Badger.


Male and Female (Silent) [Expanded Edition]

Review Hollywood's first femme fatale, Theda Bara, stars in two of her rare films: ""A Fool There Was"" (1915) and ""The Unchastened Woman"" (1925).

A Fool There Was (Silent): Inspired by Kipling's poem, ""The Vampire,"" A Fool There Was catapulted Theda Bara into super-stardom. America was captivated by ""The Vamp,"" a beautiful seductress who would use sex to ruin powerful men. With the studio publicists circulating exotic stories, such as her name being an anagram for ""Arab Death,"" she would make scores of films for Fox over the next several years, most notably Salome and Cleopatra, both in 1918. Wealthy lawyer John Schuyler is appointed by the president as a special envoy to Great Britain. Leaving his wife and young daughter behind, he sets sail for England. On board he is waylaid by the beautiful and sensuous ""Vampire,"" who quickly seduces the diplomat. Schuyler becomes helplessly addicted to her sexual charms, while she begins methodically draining his wealth. The once brilliant and accomplished lawyer is soon spiraling out-of-control, downward past the depths of depravity and hurtling toward self-destruction. Bonus: This release also includes The Sultan's Wife (1917) with Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon, and directed by Clarence G. Badger.

The Unchastened Woman (Silent): Modest housewife Caroline Knollys discovers that she is pregnant. Rushing to tell her husband Hubert, she finds him in the arms of a younger woman. Determined to one day have revenge, she escapes to Europe. Despite having the baby, she transforms herself from housewife to vamp, becoming the most-talked about woman in Venice. Returning to America, she uses the child to blackmail her husband and his mistress. But Caroline finds that her love for Hubert was not as dormant as she thought, and instead decides to use her newly-won confidence to reunite the family. The Unchastened Woman is one of only three surviving films starring Theda Bara, the silver screen's first sex symbol. She made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most were destroyed by the 1937 fire that struck the 20th Century Fox storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey (The other two surviving Bara films are A Fool There Was from 1915 and East Lynne from 1916). Nicknamed ""The Vamp"" for her femme fatale roles that inevitably brought male characters to ruin, the exotic-looking Bara was said to be born in the Sahara to an Arab sheik. In actuality, she was born to a Polish family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Regardless, publicists enjoyed emphasizing that her name was an anagram of ""Arab death"". Eventually tiring of the vamp image, she let her contract with Fox expire in 1919. Without studio support, Bara's career suffered and she did not make another film until small startup company Chadwick Pictures signed her to star in The Unchastened Woman. Not proving to be the comeback she wished for, Bara never starred in another feature, retiring to her former home in Cincinnati.


Salome (Silent)

Review An erotic and highly-stylized retelling of Salome's request for the head of John the Baptist.
Free To Love (Silent)

Review Better known as The rotund half of the classic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Oliver Hardy had an early career as a solo silent comic, often as a "heavy" in supporting roles. This collection of eight films reveals the evolution of Hardy's comic mastery as well as showcasing many lesser-known stars of the slapstick era.
The Trespasser (1929)

Review "East Lynne" is a crime drama starring Theda Bara, Ben Deeley, Stuart Holmes, Claire Whitney, William H. Tooker and others. The film is based on the Victorian novel by Ellen Wood, famous for its sensational story lines. "East Lynne" is the earliest surviving film with Theda Bara in a starring role. By the standards of the average silent film "East Lynne" has acceptable quality and is perfectly watchable. The movie is accompanied by quality music that greatly enhances the viewing experience. The DVD comes in a slim jewel case and has the cover art exactly as you see it on the photo. We value your five-star feedback and will do all we can to earn it. Please contact us if you are not completely satisfied so that we can correct any problem. IMPORTANT CONDITION DISCLOSURES: Because most of the films in our Collection survive in single copies which have not been restored, some have nitrate damage and some are missing scenes. We try to describe the film print condition as accurately as possible. Furthermore, to give potential buyers the best opportunity of making as informed decision as possible we show a few screen grabs from the actual movie. Because of the nature of the items we do not offer returns. Please read the description and look at the screen grabs carefully before buying. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. If the DVD is defective we will replace it free of charge. We have listed 120 rare high-quality silent film gems on this website. Please make sure to check the other items in our Collection. PLEASE NOTE: We offer 2 PROMOTIONS 1/ B4G1F Buy 4 DVDs get 1 DVD extra absolutely free. 2/ B10G3F Buy 10 DVDs get 3 DVDs extra absolutely free. How to claim the free DVD(s): when you complete your purchase, please send us an email with your choice for the free film(s).
Beauty's Worth (1922) starring Marion Davies

Review Modest housewife Caroline Knollys discovers that she is pregnant. Rushing to tell her husband Hubert, she finds him in the arms of a younger woman. Determined to one day have revenge, she escapes to Europe. Despite having the baby, she transforms herself from housewife to vamp, becoming the most-talked about woman in Venice. Returning to America, she uses the child to blackmail her husband and his mistress. But Caroline finds that her love for Hubert was not as dormant as she thought, and instead decides to use her newly-won confidence to reunite the family. The Unchastened Woman is one of only three surviving films starring Theda Bara, the silver screen's first sex symbol. She made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most were destroyed by the 1937 fire that struck the 20th Century Fox storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey (The other two surviving Bara films are A Fool There Was from 1915 and East Lynne from 1916). Nicknamed ""The Vamp"" for her femme fatale roles that inevitably brought male characters to ruin, the exotic-looking Bara was said to be born in the Sahara to an Arab sheik. In actuality, she was born to a Polish family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Regardless, publicists enjoyed emphasizing that her name was an anagram of ""Arab death"". Eventually tiring of the vamp image, she let her contract with Fox expire in 1919. Without studio support, Bara's career suffered and she did not make another film until small startup company Chadwick Pictures signed her to star in The Unchastened Woman. Not proving to be the comeback she wished for, Bara never starred in another feature, retiring to her former home in Cincinnati.
Vamps of The Silent Era: The Danger Girl / A Hash House Fraud / Teddy at the Throttle / A Fool There Was / Sex / Salome (4-DVD) (Silent)

Review A 4-DVD set containing a collection of movies featuring some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the silent movie era.
Flapper (Silent)

Review Step back in time to the golden age of classic silver screen Hollywood.

She is a woman of legend and mystery. A beauty that was worshiped from afar. This is the original and first Cleopatra starring the silver screen goddess, Theda Bard, as the Queen herself, whose ill-fated romance with one of Rome’s greatest generals, Anthony, has been told again and again.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Vamps of The Silent Era: The Danger Girl / A Hash House Fraud / Teddy at the Throttle / A Fool There Was / Sex / Salome (4-DVD) (Silent)

Review Inspired by Kipling's poem, "The Vampire," A Fool There Was catapulted Theda Bara into super-stardom. America was captivated by "The Vamp," a beautiful seductress who would use sex to ruin powerful men. With the studio publicists circulating exotic stories, such as her name being an anagram for "Arab Death," she would make scores of films for Fox over the next several years, most notably Salomeand Cleopatra, both in 1918.

Wealthy lawyer John Schuyler is appointed by the president as a special envoy to Great Britain. Leaving his wife and young daughter behind, he sets sail for England. On board he is waylaid by the beautiful and sensuous "Vampire," who quickly seduces the diplomat. Schuyler becomes helplessly addicted to her sexual charms, while she begins methodically draining his wealth. The once brilliant and accomplished lawyer is soon spiraling out-of-control, downward past the depths of depravity and hurtling toward self-destruction.

Bonus: This release also includes The Sultan's Wife (1917) with Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon, and directed by Clarence G. Badger.


Male and Female (Silent) [Expanded Edition]

Review Hollywood's first femme fatale, Theda Bara, stars in two of her rare films: ""A Fool There Was"" (1915) and ""The Unchastened Woman"" (1925).

A Fool There Was (Silent): Inspired by Kipling's poem, ""The Vampire,"" A Fool There Was catapulted Theda Bara into super-stardom. America was captivated by ""The Vamp,"" a beautiful seductress who would use sex to ruin powerful men. With the studio publicists circulating exotic stories, such as her name being an anagram for ""Arab Death,"" she would make scores of films for Fox over the next several years, most notably Salome and Cleopatra, both in 1918. Wealthy lawyer John Schuyler is appointed by the president as a special envoy to Great Britain. Leaving his wife and young daughter behind, he sets sail for England. On board he is waylaid by the beautiful and sensuous ""Vampire,"" who quickly seduces the diplomat. Schuyler becomes helplessly addicted to her sexual charms, while she begins methodically draining his wealth. The once brilliant and accomplished lawyer is soon spiraling out-of-control, downward past the depths of depravity and hurtling toward self-destruction. Bonus: This release also includes The Sultan's Wife (1917) with Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon, and directed by Clarence G. Badger.

The Unchastened Woman (Silent): Modest housewife Caroline Knollys discovers that she is pregnant. Rushing to tell her husband Hubert, she finds him in the arms of a younger woman. Determined to one day have revenge, she escapes to Europe. Despite having the baby, she transforms herself from housewife to vamp, becoming the most-talked about woman in Venice. Returning to America, she uses the child to blackmail her husband and his mistress. But Caroline finds that her love for Hubert was not as dormant as she thought, and instead decides to use her newly-won confidence to reunite the family. The Unchastened Woman is one of only three surviving films starring Theda Bara, the silver screen's first sex symbol. She made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most were destroyed by the 1937 fire that struck the 20th Century Fox storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey (The other two surviving Bara films are A Fool There Was from 1915 and East Lynne from 1916). Nicknamed ""The Vamp"" for her femme fatale roles that inevitably brought male characters to ruin, the exotic-looking Bara was said to be born in the Sahara to an Arab sheik. In actuality, she was born to a Polish family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Regardless, publicists enjoyed emphasizing that her name was an anagram of ""Arab death"". Eventually tiring of the vamp image, she let her contract with Fox expire in 1919. Without studio support, Bara's career suffered and she did not make another film until small startup company Chadwick Pictures signed her to star in The Unchastened Woman. Not proving to be the comeback she wished for, Bara never starred in another feature, retiring to her former home in Cincinnati.


Clara Bow Double Feature: My Lady of Whims (1925) (Silent) / Black Oxen (1923) (Silent)

Review An erotic and highly-stylized retelling of Salome's request for the head of John the Baptist.
The Unchastened Woman (Silent)

Review Better known as The rotund half of the classic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Oliver Hardy had an early career as a solo silent comic, often as a "heavy" in supporting roles. This collection of eight films reveals the evolution of Hardy's comic mastery as well as showcasing many lesser-known stars of the slapstick era.
The Trespasser (1929)

Review "East Lynne" is a crime drama starring Theda Bara, Ben Deeley, Stuart Holmes, Claire Whitney, William H. Tooker and others. The film is based on the Victorian novel by Ellen Wood, famous for its sensational story lines. "East Lynne" is the earliest surviving film with Theda Bara in a starring role. By the standards of the average silent film "East Lynne" has acceptable quality and is perfectly watchable. The movie is accompanied by quality music that greatly enhances the viewing experience. The DVD comes in a slim jewel case and has the cover art exactly as you see it on the photo. We value your five-star feedback and will do all we can to earn it. Please contact us if you are not completely satisfied so that we can correct any problem. IMPORTANT CONDITION DISCLOSURES: Because most of the films in our Collection survive in single copies which have not been restored, some have nitrate damage and some are missing scenes. We try to describe the film print condition as accurately as possible. Furthermore, to give potential buyers the best opportunity of making as informed decision as possible we show a few screen grabs from the actual movie. Because of the nature of the items we do not offer returns. Please read the description and look at the screen grabs carefully before buying. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. If the DVD is defective we will replace it free of charge. We have listed 120 rare high-quality silent film gems on this website. Please make sure to check the other items in our Collection. PLEASE NOTE: We offer 2 PROMOTIONS 1/ B4G1F Buy 4 DVDs get 1 DVD extra absolutely free. 2/ B10G3F Buy 10 DVDs get 3 DVDs extra absolutely free. How to claim the free DVD(s): when you complete your purchase, please send us an email with your choice for the free film(s).

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