The Clemenceau Case (1915)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This was Theda Bara's third starring film, and the first which she carried all on her own, with no other name actors in the cast. Based on the Alexander Dumas story, The Clemenceau Case involves Iza, a vampire-wife (Bara), whose wicked ways scandalize her husband, Pierre (William E. Shay). She threatens to bring his best friend, Constantin Ritz (Stuart Holmes), to ruin. Ultimately, her husband, fed up with her antics, murders her then calls the police with an unruffled calm. One truly ludicrous aspect of the picture was a snake which supposedly co-starred with Bara. Her character kept the creature as a pet, and much ado was made over how dangerous it was. In reality, it was stuffed, which is all-too apparent in still photographs (no actual print of the film is known to exist). Nevertheless, the film was a huge success with both critics and audiences alike -- perhaps its huge box office was helped along by the vilification it received from social reformers.



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