October 22, 2011:

NEW: Pola Negri 3-DVD set!

POla Negri DVD box set cover

Director Mariusz Kotowski's production company Bright Shining City Productions has just released a 3-DVD set of Pola Negri films entitled Pola Negri, The Iconic Collection: The Early Films.

Pola Negri: The Iconic Collection features The Polish Dancer (aka Bestia, 1917), Pola Negri's earliest feature film still known to survive; The Yellow Ticket (1918); The Eyes of the Mummy Ma (aka The Eyes of the Mummy, 1918); and Sappho (1921). The set will be of particular interest to Pola Negri fans and silent movie fans in general because two of the films featured on the box set, The Polish Dancer and The Yellow Ticket, have never been released on video before. The Polish Dancer in particular has up to this point only been shown occasionally at screenings, so its release is particluarly welcome. All of the films feature piano scores by composer and arranger Rick Dejonge.

Pola Negri: The Iconic Collection is available for purchase at Bright Shining City Productions' online store for $39.99 postpaid. Click here to read our review of the set.


August 18, 2011:


We are pleased to unveil the new and vastly improved Pola Negri Appreciation Site! This new site was built to be an augmented version of the original, with a vastly improved look and better organization. In addition to most of the original features, we have a number of new features and articles, including:

• A brand new Photo Gallery! I've been able to collect enough material to assemble a photo gallery with many beautiful photos of Pola.

• Rebuilt and vastly improved Pola Negri Filmography based on recently available new information; the Polish and German Silent periods in particular received a major overhaul.

• All new Biography page. In late 2009, the curator ofa Pola Negri screening series that was being held at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, commissioned me to write a biography for Pola. I wrote a longer version and then cut it down to their specifications; this shortened version was translated into French and used for the promotional materials in their screening series. The long version is reprinted here with some slight improvements.

• More illustrations. One of the most frequent requests that I had was for more pictures, so I went back and illustrated many of the original pages with new photographs and many YouTube clips of Pola's movies.

• New Interviews section featuring Pola Negri's Final Interview, conducted in May 1987, just three months before her death.

• A new review of Pola's German movie Moskau-Shanghai (1936) by Berlin-based journalist and author Frank Noack, which comes complete with a YouTube clip of this rare film.

There are a few articles (all non-Pola related) that we were not able to transfer over to the new site, but because there are links to them throughout the web we wanted to keep them up and available, so for now they are still up in the old format. They are as follows (complete with links):

Music in Silent Films
An Introduction to Modern Music in the Silent Film
Nash the Slash: Nash the Slash Performs 'Nosferatu' CD (2001)
Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip: Music for Experimental Film DVD (2007)
 Gary Lucas: Gary Lucas Plays The Golem (1989/2008)

Harold Lloyd House Commemorative Page

(1918) Restored

Pola Negri's very first film with German movie giant UFA was the film Mania (1918). The movie's full title is  Mania, Die Geschichte einer Zigarettenarbeiterin (Mania: The Story of a Cigarette Girl). Fortunately, this film survives, and has received a loving restoration thanks to Nitro Film in Poland! The film debuts in Warsaw on September 4, 2011. Here's a teaser trailer for the new restoration:


February 5, 2011:


Description: Pola Negri: Hollywood Legend (Pola Negri biography)

Back in 2009, there was an article that came out in the San Fransicso edition of Examiner.com called "Six Silent Film Stars In Need of a Biography", and Pola Negri was one of the six silent movie stars featured in that article. Well, that day has finally come.

On February 24, 2011, the Polish language Pola Negri biography Pola Negri: Legenda Hollywood (Pola Negri: Hollywood Legend) was published in Poland in by the Proszynski Media. The book is authored by filmmaker Mariusz Kotowski, director of the Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema documentary. The book's foreword is written by yours truly, David Gasten, webmaster of Polanegri.com. Kotowski promises an English language translation for English-speaking markets soon.

See the Pola Negri biography's page on Proszynski Media's website (in Polish) and this news bulletin about the book's release from Polski Radio (in English) for more information.