Last night I stayed in and watched Sumurun- a silent movie by Ernst Lubitsch that has been restored. The imagery is stunning and of course the scene stealer is Poland darling Pola Negri. I think it origianlly ran in the U.S. as "One Arabian night". Pola plays a traveling dancer who is drawn to both the harem and to the sheikh's handsome son. The movie predates the notion that a sexy figure must carry a massive bossom- as the ladies are often shown flat chested but exposing midriff. I fell in love with the dance scene- where Pola is slowly seducing the entire room with her sheer fabrics and dark shadowed eyes. This film was often referred to as one of the "funniest" silent movies, according to the new DVD release. I discovered these amazing images of her online as well as this perfect quote from the star:
"Love is disgusting when you no longer possess yourself."
(12/31/1894 – 08/01/1987)