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Lobby card detail for “Bella Donna,” Paramount, 1923, Pola Negri’s first American-made picture.  Here’s Pola in her harem girl outfit–love the colors.  She plays a wicked vamp for the last time in a picture and, according to lore, Paramount got cold feet about possible censorship and edited the picture to make her character seem sympathetic–big mistake.  Pola called the movie “terrible” and said she and her director, George Fitzmaurice, had no idea what it was even about.  “Bella Donna” still exists in several movie archives.

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