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A Fool There Was (1915) (NR)

Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, UC Film & Media Studies, and ESQUIRE THEATRE celebrate Cincinnati’s cinematic history with a very special screening of silent classic A FOOL THERE WAS

Starring Cincinnati’s own Theda Bara, a nice Jewish girl who became cinema’s first sex symbol

Live music accompaniment by Matt Tolentino -

Post-film discussion led by Kevin Grace, UC Archivist and editor of the upcoming Theda Bara autobiography

Come see the 1915 film that made her a star and household name!

Synopsis: This early silent blockbuster finds successful husband, father and politician John Schuyler (Edward José) caught in the clutches of the scheming Vampire (Theda Bara), a seductress famous for luring men, using them and leaving them ruined. Taking a business cruise to England without his wife (Mabel Fremier) and daughter, the easily fooled John is targeted by the irresistible Vampire aboard the ship, and soon becomes her willing victim as she spends his money and drives him to drug addiction.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Showtimes for
Wednesday, October 23



1 hr. 15 min.
Opens October 23rd, 2019


Frank Powell



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