Sin (1915 film)

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Theda Bara in Sin.jpg
Photo by Jack Freulich
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Written by Herbert Brenon
Story by Herbert Brenon
Starring Theda Bara
William E. Shay
Cinematography Phil Rosen
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 3, 1915 (1915-10-03)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Sin was a 1915 American silent drama film written and directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Theda Bara. It was produced by Fox Film Corporation and shot at the Fox Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[1] The film is now considered to be lost.[2]


  • Theda Bara as Rosa
  • William E. Shay as Luigi
  • Warner Oland as Pietro
  • Henry Leone as Giovanni
  • Louise Rial as Maria


In order to play up Theda Bara's image as a vamp, Fox Film Corporation publicized the film with the tagline "Sin With Theda Bara!".[3] Upon its release, Sin was an enormous hit with audiences and Bara earned generally good reviews for her performance. In spite of its success, the film was banned in Ohio and Georgia due to its themes of suicide, lust, Roman Catholic sacrilege and love triangles. The Pittsburgh Board of Welfare condemned the film as did the Kansas Board of Censorship (which apparently still allowed the film to run in Kansas theaters).[4][5]

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  1. ^ Fort Lee: Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry. Arcadia Publishing. 2006. p. 64. ISBN 0-738-54501-5. 
  2. ^ "Silent Era: Sin". silentera. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  3. ^ Melton, J. Gordon (2010). The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (3 ed.). Visible Ink Press. p. 39. ISBN 1-578-59281-X. 
  4. ^ Fort Lee: Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry. Arcadia Publishing. 2006. p. 34. ISBN 0-738-54501-5. 
  5. ^ Butters, Gerald R. (2007). Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966. University of Missouri Press. pp. 66–67. ISBN 0-826-26603-7. 

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