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Vanity Fair (1911 film)

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Vanity Fair
Vanity fair 1911.jpg
Scene still taken from The Moving Picture World
Directed byCharles Kent
Release date
December 19, 1911
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Vanity Fair is a 1911 silent film adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel of the same name. It was one of Vitagraph's first three reel productions, along with A Tale of Two Cities (1911).


Becky Sharpe charms Jos Sedley
Becky Sharpe charms Jos Sedley



Vanity Fair reportedly made use of Vitagraph's entire company of stock players. The following cast members are named by The Moving Picture World:[2]


The Moving Picture World reported in October 1911 that the film was nearly completed.[4][5][6] The film was directed by Charles Kent.[7]

Release and reception

The film was released on December 19, 1911.[8] In contrast to A Tale of Two Cities (1911), all three reels of Vanity Fair were released on the same day.[6]

According to The Moving Picture World, the film "comes nearer to being a flawless adaptation than anything else that has appeared in moving pictures".[2]

The film's screenwriter...[9]

Vitagraph continued making three-reelers based on classic literature throughout the 1910s.[10]

In 1916, The Sun listed Vanity Fair among a group of films that adapted classic literature for the screen.[3]


  1. ^ "Licensed Film Stories: Vanity Fair". The Moving Picture World. December 16, 1911. p. 920.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews of Notable Films: 'Vanity Fair' (Vitagraph)". The Moving Picture World. December 16, 1911. pp. 886–87.
  3. ^ a b "Classics of Fiction Being Popularized by the Movies". The Sun. New York. May 28, 1916. Sec. 4, p. 7.
  4. ^ "Vitagraph Doings". The Moving Picture World. October 7, 1911. p. 47.
  5. ^ "Working Far Ahead". The Moving Picture World. October 21, 1911. p. 194.
  6. ^ a b Slide & Gevinson 1987, p. 61.
  7. ^ "Vanity Fair (1911) | BFI". British Film Institute. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Slide & Gevinson 1987, p. 208.
  9. ^ "Letters to the Editor: Wants Scenario Writers Credited". The Moving Picture World. December 30, 1911. p. 1084.
  10. ^ Slide & Gevinson 1987, p. 82.


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