Vampyrdanserinden (1912)

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The man-hungry "vampire," later to be popularized by America's Theda Bara, made her screen debut in this Danish melodrama directed by August Blom. Clara Wieth starred in the title role of the Vampire Dancer, which is just what she was: a dancer performing her seductions on-stage. Off-stage, the young girl is kindhearted and a bit naïve. The lustful dance, during which Robert Dinesen succumbs to the dancer's fatal charms, remained the centerpiece of the film, which was a popular success and made Wieth an international star. Later, as Clara Pontoppidan, she became one of Danish theater's leading tragediennes, working well into her eighties.

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