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Here’s a publicity shot from First National’s “Gypsy Blood,” the re-titled “Carmen”(ufa, 1918).  In this scene, Pola Negri plays the titular Carmencita and Harry Lietdke plays the doomed Don Jose. American critics declared that Miss Negri’s dirty, unfeminine and scheming Carmen perfectly embodied the character as written by Prospero Merimee.  Variety even enthused, “This Negri is the real thing!”

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