Legendary idol of the Russian cinema, Vera Kholodnaya, (also romanized as Vera Kholodnaia and Vira Kholodna) seems to be almost more famous in death than in life. Her only film available in the United States is a one in which she plays an atypical bad-girl role. She is a small, intense woman with dramatic grey eyes and a mop of black hair, and she commands the eye whenever she comes into a scene. She is most associated with the films of early director Evgenii Bauer, whose death in 1917 robbed the Russian cinema of one of its great talents. She herself died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic in 1919, and her Odessa funeral was filmed for posterity. Ironically, this seems to be her best known film. She is the subject of the 1992 documentary film Island of the Dead (Ostrov Myortvykh) by Oleg Kovalov.
Vera Kholodna´i`a: k 100-leti´i`u so dn´i`a pozhdeni´i`a . Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1995.
Vera Kholodna´i`a: Ocherk zhizni i tvorchestva: kniga-al'bom. Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1995.
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