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    The She-Devil (Fox, 1918). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
    One of the most intriguing actresses of the silent era, Theda Bara was one of Hollywood's first fully-created personalities. Born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, studio publicists released outlandish stories about her background, claiming that the beautiful femme fatale was the daughter of an artist and an Arabian princess, that her name was an anagram of "Arab Death," and that she was raised in the shadow of the Sphinx. None of this was true, but, coupled with Bara's kohl-darkened eyes and penchant for revealing, semi-transparent costumes, generated enormous interest among the movie-going public. She successfully created the image of the "vamp" - slang for a sexually predatory woman - an image later imitated by Nita Naldi, Pola Negri, and others. Between 1914 and 1926, Bara made over 40 films, nearly all of which are now considered lost following a fire at Fox Studios' New Jersey-based nitrate film storage vault in 1937. Only three complete pictures remain, as well as a handful of brief fragments. Nevertheless, Theda Bara remains an indelible image in the history of cinema, and will forever be remembered as one of the silver screen's first sex symbols. The She-Devil, one of Bara's lost films, was reportedly a solid effort, featuring Bara as the fiery Spanish girl Lolette. This stunning poster had fold wear with crossfold separation, and several small areas of missing paper along the vertical fold. Additionally, approximately one inch of the top border was missing. After expert professional restoration, all of these issues have been addressed, making the poster look every bit as good as the day it was printed. This is, without a doubt, a piece of film history. Although the film itself has been lost to the ravages of time, this beautiful poster survives, ready to take an honored place in your collection. Fine on Linen.




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