A library of Articles on Pola's Movies and Reviews of Pola-related
and other silent movies.
All articles by David Gasten unless otherwise specified.
"POLA NEGRI: THE UNKNOWN YEARS 1935-1938"
by Frank Noack
An article full of rare information about Pola Negri's Third Reich movie period
"POLA NEGRI IN MAZURKA:
Selections from Vintage Documents"
Translated and annotated by Frank Noack, edited by David Gasten
Vintage German texts on Mazurka, Pola's most important talking film;
includes selections from the autobiographies of director Willi Forst, music
director Peter Kreuder, and leading man Albrecht Schoenhals.
POLA NEGRI, THE ICONIC COLLECTION: THE EARLY FILMS (2011)
A review of the 3-DVD set released by Bright Shining City Productions; set features The Polish Dancer (aka Bestia, 1917), The Yellow Ticket (1918), The Eyes of the Mummy Ma (aka The Eyes of the Mummy, 1918), and Sappho (1921)
THE POLISH DANCER (BESTIA, 1917)
"THE POLISH DANCER"
by Frank Noack, edited by David Gasten
A review of a 2007 screening of Pola’s earliest survivng film
THE EYES OF THE MUMMY (1918)
"THE EYES OF THE MUMMY on TV vs. THE EYES OF THE MUMMY on DVD"
An appreciation and comparison of two available versions of the 1918 film
"SUMURUN...At Long Last!"
A comparison of the newly restored European version of Sumurun with
One Arabian Night, the previously available American version; also
includes information on Sunrise Silents' DVD version of One Arabian Night
DIE BERGKATZE (THE WILDCAT, 1921)
"DIE BERGKATZE/THE WILDCAT: The Funniest Movie You've Never Seen"
A review of Kino's DVD release of Die Bergkatze/The Wildcat
THE SPANISH DANCER (1923)
"THE SPANISH DANCER on DVD"
A review of Reel Classic DVD's release of The Spanish Dancer
HOTEL IMPERIAL (1927)
"HOTEL IMPERIAL on DVD"
A review of Grapevine Video's new improved DVD release of Hotel Imperial
THE WOMAN HE SCORNED (1929)
"Lost Masterpiece: A Pola Negri Silent Resurfaces"
About the Grapevine Video release of The Woman He Scorned (1929);
originally published in Classic Images, May 2003
"Pola Negri in MOSKAU-SHANGAI"
by Frank Noack
A review of a screening of one of Pola's Third Reich movies.
MADAME BOVARY (1937)
"Pola Negri in MADAME BOVARY"
by Frank Noack
An in-depth review of the little-seen screen Third Reich-period screen adaptation of the Gustave Falubert novel starring Pola Negri as Emma Bovary
HI DIDDLE DIDDLE (1943)
"HI DIDDLE DIDDLE: an Anti-World War II propaganda film on DVD"
A detailed review of Grapevine Video's DVD release of Hi Diddle Diddle
The Complete Danish Films DVD (2005)
Detailed review of the Danish Film Institute DVD containing Asta Nielsen's foundational silent movies Afgrunden (The Abyss, 1910), Balletdanserinden (The Ballet Dancer, 1911), Den Sorte Drøm (The Black Dream, 1911), and Mød Lyset (Towards The Light, 1919).
Is Money Everything? (1923)
DVD review of an extremely rare film from an actress with a largely lost career
POLA NEGRI: LIFE IS A DREAM IN CINEMA (2006) documentary
Review of Life is a Dream in Cinema Documentary
Review of Pola Negri's recent documentary film, directed by Mariusz Kotowski
ESTHER'S DIARY (2009) feature film
Esther's Diary: The Holocaust Film To End All Holocaust Films
Detailed review of modern Holocaust Film whose main character is strongly inspired by Pola Negri; also directed by Mariusz Kotowski