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4.0 out of 5 stars Theda Bara remains elusive, despite this biography
Eve Golden's book is a must-have for anyone even slightly interested in Theda Bara. But somehow it fails to convey the mysterious quality that made Theda such a compelling personality. Theda is presented as a rather mousey sort of person, spending every night at home with a library book. There is no real mention of her romantic life or her erotic power, which was at...
Published on 12 Sept. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Tongue in Cheek to Be Taken Seriously
Eve Golden, semi-famous for her acid reviews of bad videos in MOVIELANE and for her more affectionate if sometimes fey profiles of cinema legends in CLASSIC IMAGES writes in her "Eve Golden" style her rather than attempting to write a serious biography on the silent star. That's not too bad but one can overdose on her sarcasm and cutesy commentary in book...
Published on 17 July 1999


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Theda Bara remains elusive, despite this biography, 12 Sept. 1999
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Eve Golden's book is a must-have for anyone even slightly interested in Theda Bara. But somehow it fails to convey the mysterious quality that made Theda such a compelling personality. Theda is presented as a rather mousey sort of person, spending every night at home with a library book. There is no real mention of her romantic life or her erotic power, which was at the heart of her remarkable successes. Theda Bara was, in her day, far more outrageous than modern stars such as Madonna, but this central aspect doesn't really come across. The 'Vampire Queen' seems to have eluded Ms. Golden, and the impression is that there is an important dimension of her personality which is missing from this undeniably worthwhile book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theda Bara, Legendary Femme Fatale of Early Cinema, 12 May 2004
I knew very little about Theda Bara when I picked up Eve Golden's thoughtful biography of one of the early cinema's most popular stars. What a wonderful job Ms. Golden has done! When the reader learns how few of Theda Bara's films have survived, the task of writing such a book seems daunting indeed; yet the author miraculously succeeds, not only in helping us understand the nature of the famous vamp's appeal, but in placing her within the context of history.
Eve Golden's "Vamp" is the best book on cinema I've read in a very long time. It will certainly find a permanent place on my bookshelf, alongside the work of William K. Everson and Kevin Brownlow. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful balance, 22 July 1999
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I loved this book. Ms.Golden's style is witty and accessible, but never glib. What distinguishes it from most movie star biographies is the wonderful sense of time and place she evokes. There is a wealth of small detail about the movie industry of the time, which enables the reader to understand not just Theda Bara, but the society which in a way created her. The only frustrating aspect of the book is that you immediately want to run out and see all Theda's films, most of which, alas, have disappeared. This is easily one of the best film biographies I have ever read. It is beautifully researched and written with charm and style. Thoroughly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Tongue in Cheek to Be Taken Seriously, 17 July 1999
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Eve Golden, semi-famous for her acid reviews of bad videos in MOVIELANE and for her more affectionate if sometimes fey profiles of cinema legends in CLASSIC IMAGES writes in her "Eve Golden" style her rather than attempting to write a serious biography on the silent star. That's not too bad but one can overdose on her sarcasm and cutesy commentary in book form. Her style here is somewhere between Norman Mailer's MARILYN "factoid" biography and weak Dorothy Parker. The best thing is the collection of truly rare photos. It's not terrible by any means, but please Ms. Golden next time get a little more serious when writing a biography.
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