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Film Screening of
Pola Negri

KF Presents Film Screening of Pola Negri – Life of a Star
NEW YORK – Join us to see Pola Negri: Life of a Star – an eye-opening and inspiring documentary about Pola Negri (born as Apolonia Chalupec in present-day Lipno, Poland), the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood who achieved worldwide fame and became one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. The documentary screening, shown at the Kosciuszko Foundation on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a discussion with director, Mariusz Kotowski led by Prof. Andrzej Krakowski, an award-winning film producer, screenwriter and director.

Mariusz Kotowski infuses the film with his knowledge and love of classic cinema, reviving one of the most fascinating personalities in the history of motion pictures. This enlightening documentary sheds light on the life of an extraordinary actress, and her significant impact on the beginnings of film.

The first European star to be invited to Hollywood by Paramount Pictures, Pola Negri paved the way for Greta Garbo and Marlena Dietrich. Yet few people today know much about this magnificent actress or the dramatic events of her life, including her engagement to Charlie Chaplin or her relationship with Rudolph Valentino.

Unique photographs and rare film footage of Negri’s many dramatic and comedy roles make Kotowski’s documentary a true gem. Oscar-winning actors: Hayley Mills and Eli Wallach are featured in the documentary, alongside a renowned Hollywood producer A.C. Lyles. The film is narrated by Emmy-winning actress Cyndi Williams, and film historian and trustee of the American Film Institute Jeanine Basinger shares with viewers unknown details and anecdotes about Pola Negri’s life and her fascinating career.

Wine reception will follow the discussion. Tickets: $10 – KF Members/ $15 – Regular ticket. The KF is located at 15 East 65th Street, New York City, NY 10065.