9 January 2020
Thursday night is opening night for NSFF 2020. Order your tickets via our ticket page.
THE SPANISH DANCER
Director: Herbert Brenon
Cast: Pola Negri, Antonio Moreno, Wallace Beery, Kathlyn Williams, Gareth Hughes
It’s a common occurrence in the movie industry, still to this day: two films based on the same source material competing against each other in the same year. This phenomenon is as old as Methuselah.
Or rather, Maritana, in this particular instance, because back in 1923, THE SPANISH DANCER and ROSITA crossed their cinematic swords, as both were inspired by the 1872 opera Don César de Bazan.
THE SPANISH DANCER is considered to be the superior of the two, especially because of Pola Negri’s performance as Maritana. She steals the show as a gypsy dancer and fortune teller, who’s trying to keep the jealous King of Spain at bay.
In her personal life, she also had a way of winding men – and the press – around her finger. She wasn’t just an actress, she was a style icon, who lived flamboyantly and exorbitantly. She’d either drive her white Rolls-Royce (with white velvet interior and ivory door handles), or take strolls with her pet. ‘Pet’ appeared to be a broad concept in Negri’s case, since she was known to occasionally take her pet tiger for a walk down Sunset Boulevard.
THE SPANISH DANCER (1923) will be shown on Thursday night, 9 January 2020, at 8:00 PM in Pand P, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The silent film will be musically accompanied LIVE by Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Tijn van der Sanden (guitar).