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Bella Donna (1923 film)

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Director  George Fitzmaurice
Music director  Hugo Riesenfeld
Duration  
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Screenplay  Ouida Bergere
Country  United States
Bella Donna (1923 film) movie poster
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  April 1, 1923 (1923-04-01)
Based on  Bella Donna (novel) by Robert Smythe HichensBella Donna (play) by James Bernard Fagan
Writer  Ouida Bergere, James B. Fagan (play), Robert Hichens (novel)
Cast  Pola Negri (Bella Donna), Conway Tearle (Mahmoud Baroudi), Adolphe Menjou (Mr Chepstow), Conrad Nagel (Nigel Armine), Lois Wilson (Patricia)
Similar movies  The Fall of a Nation, Rescued from an Eagle's Nest, The Gay Shoe Clerk, The Damnation of Faust, A Little Madonna, Paperman

Conrad veidt in bella donna fragments from the only copy of the film in existence


Bella Donna is a 1923 American silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is based on a novel, Bella Donna, by Robert Smythe Hichens which was later adapted for a 1912 Broadway play starring Alla Nazimova. This film is also a remake of the 1915 Paramount film Bella Donna starring Pauline Frederick. The 1923 film was directed by George Fitzmaurice and starred Pola Negri in her first American film.

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Phonofilm version

Reportedly the film played with sound provided by the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. This was probably music and sound effects but no dialogue, and was only at the April 1, 1923 premiere at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City.

Paramount also premiered The Covered Wagon in New York City on March 16, 1923. All or about two reels of The Covered Wagon had a music track recorded in the Phonofilm process, but was only shown this way at the premiere at the Rivoli Theater in New York City. On April 15, 1923, Lee DeForest presented a program of 18 short films made in the Phonofilm process, also at the Rivoli Theater.

Preservation status

A print is reportedly held at the Gosfilmofond Archive in Moscow.

Cast

  • Pola Negri - Bella Donna
  • Conway Tearle - Mahmoud Baroudi
  • Conrad Nagel - Nigel Armine
  • Adolphe Menjou - Mr. Chepstow
  • Claude King - Doctor Meyer Isaacson
  • Lois Wilson - Patricia
  • Antonio Corsi - Fortune Teller
  • Macey Harlam - Ibrahim
  • Robert Schable - Doctor Hartley
  • References

    Bella Donna (1923 film) Wikipedia
    Bella Donna (1923 film) IMDb Bella Donna (1923 film) themoviedb.org


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