Victorien Sardou's 1882 stage play Fedora was transformed by future director John Farrow into the Pola Negri vehicle The Woman from Moscow. The star plays White Russian princess Fedora, who harbors a seemingly hopeless love for dashing Boris Ipanoff (Norman Kerry). Kept separated throughout the film by class differences, military interventions and revolutionaries, hero and heroine suffer magnificently for nearly eight full reels. Sardou had written his play as a vehicle for Sarah Bernhardt, and indeed it seems at times that Negri has been possessed by the spirit of "The Divine Sarah." Though filmed silent, The Woman from Moscow was able to accommodate two tacked-on musical sequences.
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