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<i>The Spanish Dancer</i>. 1923. USA. Directed by Herbert Brenon. Image courtesy Collection EYE Film Institute Netherlands
  • The Spanish Dancer

    1923. USA. Herbert Brenon. Approx. 105 min.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • The Spanish Dancer

    1923. USA. Directed by Herbert Brenon. Screenplay by June Mathis, Beulah Marie Dix. With Pola Negri, Antonio Moreno, Wallace Beery, Adolphe Menjou. Long believed lost, this comical costume drama set in seventeenth-century Spain stars Pola Negri as a gypsy singer (a role originally intended for Rudolph Valentino!) who marries the penniless nobleman and bon vivant Don César de Bazin, and who through her seductive charms and guile thwarts an attempt to bring down the House of Hapsburg. Director Brenon and his brilliant cinematographer James Wong Howe create chiaroscuro effects that evoke the paintings of Velásquez, a moodily atmospheric look they would soon perfect in adaptations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (1924) and A Kiss for Cinderella (1925). Restored by the EYE Film Institute, The Netherlands, to celebrate the opening of their new cinema museum, exhibition space, and theaters in Amsterdam, The Spanish Dancer is based on the same Victor Hugo novella and Massenet opera that Ernst Lubitsch was adapting for Mary Pickford at Paramount at the time, released in 1923 as Rosita. Silent, with piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Approx. 105 min.