The Kreutzer Sonata (1915 film)

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The Kreutzer Sonata
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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Written by Herbert Brenon (scenario)
Based on The Kreutzer Sonata
by Jacob Gordin
Starring Nance O'Neil
Theda Bara
Cinematography Phil Rosen
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • March 1, 1915 (1915-03-01)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Kreutzer Sonata was a 1915 American silent romantic drama film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Theda Bara. The film was based on the play of the same name by Jacob Gordin, which was based on Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novella. It was produced by Fox Film Corporation and shot at the Fox Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[1] The film is now considered lost.[2]


  • Nance O'Neil as Miriam Friedlander
  • Theda Bara as Celia Friedlander
  • William E. Shay as Gregor Randar
  • Mimi Yvonne
  • Henry Bergman as Raphael Friedlander
  • Sidney Cushing as G. Belushoff
  • Maude Turner Gordon as Rebecca Friedlander
  • John Daly Murphy as Sam Friedlander
  • Anne Sutherland as Olga Belushoff
  • Rhea Van Ole as Maid


The Kreutzer Sonata was released two months after A Fool There Was, the first film that featured Theda Bara in the role of a femme fatale. Bara later confessed that she did not enjoy filming and was also dissatisfied that Fox had cast her in yet another "vamp" role. Despite Bara's dissatisfaction, she earned mostly good reviews for her performance and the film was a hit.[3]


  1. ^ Ecke Altomara, Rita (1983). Hollywood On the Palisades: A Filmography Of Silent Features Made In Fort Lee, New Jersey, 1903-1927. Garland Pub. p. 3. ISBN 0-824-09225-2. 
  2. ^ "Silent Era: The Kreutzer Sonata". silentera. Retrieved June 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ Golden, Eve (1996). Vamp: The Rise and Fall Of Theda Bara. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 47. ISBN 1-887-32200-0. 

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