A Woman of the World (1925)

A moral crusader from small town America meets a tattooed countess in this hugely enjoyable vehicle for 1920s screen goddess Pola Negri.

Film details

Introduction

A European aristocrat wears her heart not on, but under her sleeve – as a tattoo of her fiancée’s family crest. But when she finds another woman hanging on his sleeve, she resolves in grande dame style to go to ‘the other side of the world’.

The melodrama we might be expecting is turned on its head following her arrival in Maple Valley, Iowa. When both her behaviour and the tattoo scandalise the locals and their priggish leader, we can expect not just sparks but romance to fly, albeit with a little discipline and the aid of a bullwhip!

Pola Negri, one of the great silent screen divas, shows off her skills as a comic in this light-as-a-feather comedy.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top