Bella Donna (1923 film)

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Bella Donna
Lobby card with Pola Negri and Adolphe Menjou
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Ouida Bergère (scenario)
Based on Bella Donna (novel) 
by Robert Smythe Hichens
Bella Donna (play) 
by James Bernard Fagan
Starring Pola Negri
Music by song "Bella Donna"
Ted Snyder (music)
Harry B. Smith (lyrics)
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 1, 1923 (1923-04-01)
Running time 8 reels
(7895 to 7903 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

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.

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. On April 15, 1923, Lee DeForest presented a program of 18 short films made in the Phonofilm process at the same theater.

A print is reportedly held at the Gosfilmofond Archive in Moscow.[1][2]



  1. ^ "Bella Donna". 
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971

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