Bella Donna (1923 film)
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
|Music by||song "Bella Donna"|
Ted Snyder (music)
Harry B. Smith (lyrics)
|Cinematography||Arthur C. Miller|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|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.
Bella Donna, a seductive woman snares Nigel Armine into marriage and he takes her to Egypt to live. Tired of her simple husband, Bella becomes involved with brutish Baroudi.
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.
- 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
- "Famous Rosary in "Bella Donna"". The Airship Log. 1 (1). Belleville, Illinois: Meyer & Farrell. 4 May 1923. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
(subtitle) Pola Negri wears historic ornament in first American-made photoplay
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921-30 c.1971 by The American Film Institute
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Bella Donna
- SilentEra entry for The Covered Wagon
- "Bella Donna". silentera.com.
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Bella Donna
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