As the chapter opens, Barbara’s final film, The Girl from Montmartre (1926)—-a deviation from her vamp typecasting and thought by Barbara to showcase her finest work—is released within days of her passing, eliciting an unparalleled response from the public. Details relating to critical reception of the film are provided. The chapter then delves into the myriad theories surrounding the ultimate cause of Barbara’s death, as touted by period magazines and presented by her friends and colleagues. Misperceptions shrouding her memory (including Barbara’s alleged drug use), as well as sources that spawned them, are explored and juxtaposed with commentary from those who knew her intimately. Completing the chapter is a discussion of the commemoration of Barbara’s film work by her colleagues and documentation of the survival status of the films she wrote and appeared in.
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