Madame Du Barry (1917 film)

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Madame Du Barry
Madame Du Barry (1917) - 1.jpg
Still with Theda Bara
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards
Produced by Fox Film Corporation
Written by Adrian Johnson
Based on Memoirs d’un médecin
by Alexandre Dumas
Starring Theda Bara
Charles Clary
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Rial Schellinger
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • December 30, 1917 (1917-12-30)
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Madame Du Barry or Du Barry is a 1917 American silent historical drama film directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara. The film is based on the French novel Memoirs d’un médecin by Alexandre Dumas.


As described in a film magazine,[1] Madame Jeanne Du Barry (Bara) becomes the reigning favorite of Louis XV (Clary) and enjoys this distinction until the sudden death of the king. The lavish mode of living by the king and Jeanne Du Barry arouse the wrath of the peasant class, and after the death of the king a revolution breaks out. Jeanne is made to suffer through the revolution and pays the ultimate price on the guillotine.



Like many American films of the time, Madame Du Barry was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of Madame Du Barry lying on the guillotine and the closeup of the blade.[2]

Preservation status[edit]

This film is now considered to be a lost film. Many of Theda Bara's films were destroyed in the 1937 Fox Studios vault fire.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reviews: Du Barry". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (6): 25. February 2, 1918. 
  2. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (4): 31. January 19, 1918. 
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Du Barry". Retrieved June 30, 2008. 

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