A Fool There Was Reviews

  • Jan 26, 2019

    The best romance movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Theda Bara as "The Vampire"!

    The best romance movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Theda Bara as "The Vampire"!

  • May 04, 2017

    Featuring unforgettable Theda Bara in such a deliciously devilish role, A Fool There Was is a lot of fun as this weird and over-the-top movie. It can definitely be too theatrical and the pacing is awfully fast, but it is well acted and directed with such an entertaining story, memorable dialogue and many very interesting and fun scenes.

    Featuring unforgettable Theda Bara in such a deliciously devilish role, A Fool There Was is a lot of fun as this weird and over-the-top movie. It can definitely be too theatrical and the pacing is awfully fast, but it is well acted and directed with such an entertaining story, memorable dialogue and many very interesting and fun scenes.

  • Mar 22, 2014

    ok silent vehicle for theda bara

    ok silent vehicle for theda bara

  • Aug 11, 2011

    <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h39m19s24.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Considered to be the first "vampire" flick, it doesn't have any fangs or even blood. At the time a vamp was considered as slang for a sexually predatory woman. What was consider to be a first was Theda Bara who would be cinema's very first femme fatale. It would be in this role that would launch her career. She would go on to star in 40 films between 1914 and 1926. Sadly, only a few of those films would survive from a fire at Fox's film storage. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h40m24s173.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> John Schuyler and his family and friends are happy. One of the big highlights of the film is a very impressively shot 7 minute opening sequence where in the end of it the family watches the sunset on their happiness before introducing us to 'The Vamp'. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h43m33s23.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> She doesn't bite, but what she does is suck the life out every man she meets until they have very little or die. Their first encounter is on a boat as John makes his way to England. He's a special diplomatic representative and his name in the paper stating this sends 'The Vamp' to seek him out. It's on the boat where it all begins. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h41m12s116.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Months go by as John is cast under a spell by the wicked 'Vamp'. He forgets his wife, daughter and friends. They worry about him and know that it's this woman who is destroying him. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h44m01s83.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Theda's role is a particular venomous portrait of a wicked seductress who treats men like insects in her web of lies and deceit. The story is a tragic one as well as a haunting one at how much a man would go through when entranced by a beautiful woman. Using her beauty to get what she wants, 'The Vamp' uses up John for mere pleasure. By the end she's laughing over his corpse as she sprinkles rose petals on him.

    <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h39m19s24.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Considered to be the first "vampire" flick, it doesn't have any fangs or even blood. At the time a vamp was considered as slang for a sexually predatory woman. What was consider to be a first was Theda Bara who would be cinema's very first femme fatale. It would be in this role that would launch her career. She would go on to star in 40 films between 1914 and 1926. Sadly, only a few of those films would survive from a fire at Fox's film storage. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h40m24s173.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> John Schuyler and his family and friends are happy. One of the big highlights of the film is a very impressively shot 7 minute opening sequence where in the end of it the family watches the sunset on their happiness before introducing us to 'The Vamp'. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h43m33s23.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> She doesn't bite, but what she does is suck the life out every man she meets until they have very little or die. Their first encounter is on a boat as John makes his way to England. He's a special diplomatic representative and his name in the paper stating this sends 'The Vamp' to seek him out. It's on the boat where it all begins. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h41m12s116.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Months go by as John is cast under a spell by the wicked 'Vamp'. He forgets his wife, daughter and friends. They worry about him and know that it's this woman who is destroying him. <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z428/TheImmortalReviewer/vlcsnap-2011-08-11-10h44m01s83.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Theda's role is a particular venomous portrait of a wicked seductress who treats men like insects in her web of lies and deceit. The story is a tragic one as well as a haunting one at how much a man would go through when entranced by a beautiful woman. Using her beauty to get what she wants, 'The Vamp' uses up John for mere pleasure. By the end she's laughing over his corpse as she sprinkles rose petals on him.

  • Sep 20, 2009

    It's your basic "evil woman seduces and destroys a weak man, despite the efforts of his valiant friends and long suffering wife." However, Theda Bara plays her defining vamp role to perfection.

    It's your basic "evil woman seduces and destroys a weak man, despite the efforts of his valiant friends and long suffering wife." However, Theda Bara plays her defining vamp role to perfection.

  • Patrick D Super Reviewer
    Mar 18, 2009

    Obviously it's an early silent and possesses a continuity that adheres to that so it does retain a certain disorientation. But if watch it through you get a strange and interesting story. Theda Bera alone, though, has a really undeniable presence and pull. Plus you got a groundbreaking story for the time about a "Vamp" that although doesn't suck out a man's blood, but sucks out his life for seemingly no gain other than the pleasure of causing his destruction.

    Obviously it's an early silent and possesses a continuity that adheres to that so it does retain a certain disorientation. But if watch it through you get a strange and interesting story. Theda Bera alone, though, has a really undeniable presence and pull. Plus you got a groundbreaking story for the time about a "Vamp" that although doesn't suck out a man's blood, but sucks out his life for seemingly no gain other than the pleasure of causing his destruction.

  • Sep 11, 2008

    Theda Bara is the best!

    Theda Bara is the best!

  • Aug 28, 2008

    grand classique à l'atmosphere onirique

    grand classique à l'atmosphere onirique

  • Jun 15, 2008

    Great mimic, great costumes. The end really reminds me of the early german movies, when the male lead gets mad in the end by drug abuse. But here is Theda the drug!

    Great mimic, great costumes. The end really reminds me of the early german movies, when the male lead gets mad in the end by drug abuse. But here is Theda the drug!

  • Apr 04, 2008

    One of the only (if not the only) film (s) of Theda Bara's to survive to this day. Funny to think that her words (title card) "kiss me, my fool" were considered scandalous back in the day.

    One of the only (if not the only) film (s) of Theda Bara's to survive to this day. Funny to think that her words (title card) "kiss me, my fool" were considered scandalous back in the day.