How popular is MATA HARI in the history and present

Jul 14, 2021 - 10:22
Jul 14, 2021 - 10:36
How popular is MATA HARI in the history and present

The idea of an exotic dancer working as a lethal double agent using her powers of seduction to extract military secrets from her many lovers made Mata Hari an enduring archetype of the femme fatale. 

Her life inspired a number of films, including:

  • Mata Hari (1920)
  • Mata Hari(1927), a German production
  • Mata Hari(1931), a Hollywood motion picture starring Greta Garbo
  • In the 1939 romantic comedy, Cafe Society, African-American actress Lillian Yarbo portrays Mattie Harriett, hired by Allyn Joslyn's gossip columnist to spy on the film's two protagonists,Fred MacMurray and Madeleine Carroll.
  • Mata Hari, Agent H21(1964)
  • In the 1967 James Bond spoon casino Royale, Joanna Pettetplayed Mata Bond, said to be the daughter of James Bond and Mata Hari.
  • In the 1972 British comedy filmUp the Front, Zsa Zsa Gaborportrays Mata Hari.
  • Mata Hari(1981), television-series
  • Mata Hari; The Magic Camera, an episode of Fantasy Island(1982)
  • Mata Hari(1985)
  • Mata Hari(2016)
  • Mata Hari(2017), short film
  • Mata Hari: The Naked Spy(2017)

In 2017, a 12-episode Russian-Portuguese TV seriesMata Hariaired, starring>Vahina Giocantein the title role.

  • Mata Hari's life also inspired at least five stage musicals:
  • Mata Hariin 1967, starring Pernell Roberts and Marisa Mell;

Mata Hari, by Lene Lovich, Judge Smith, and Les Chappell, premiered in 1982 at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith;

Mata!, with words and music by Stuart Brayson, received its World Premiere at Blackpool Grand Theatre in June 1995;

Mata Hari at the Moulin Rouge, by Frank Wildhorn, which debuted in Seoul, South Korea in March 2016

One Last Night with Mata Hari, written by Craig Walker with music by John Burge, debuted at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, in Kingston, Ontario, in January 2017.

In 1995, the Israeli singer Ofra Haza released a single titled "Mata Hari" about her accompanied by a music video. The lyrics were very sympathetic to her: "Like a butterfly she crossed all the lines / Like a butterfly she dreamt, danced and died" adding "But a great love cut her life".

In February 2016, the Dutch National Ballet premiered a two-act ballet entitled Mata Hari, with Anna Tsygankovadancing the role of Mata Hari, choreography by Ted Brandsen, and music by Tarik O'Regan.

In 2017, the opera Mata Hariby librettist Peter Peers and composer Matti Marks premiered at New York's Prototype Festival. In August 2018, it was also produced by West Edge Opera, with Tina Mitchell reprising her starring role.

In 2019, English singer-songwriter Frank Turner released a song about Mata Hari, entitled Eye of the Day, on his album No Man's Land.

In 2021, it has been revealed that the song selected by Azerbaijan to represent them in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is called Mata Hari. The song is performed by Samira Efendi and plays with the idea of a seductive female spy, with an "army of lovers".

Museum exhibition

The Frisian Museum (Dutch: Fries Museum) in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, contains a "Mata Hari Room".

Included in the exhibit are two of her personal scrapbooks and an oriental rug embroidered with the footsteps of her fan dance. 

Located in Mata Hari's native town, the museum is well known for research into the life and career of Leeuwarden's world-famous citizens. The largest ever Mata Hari exhibition was opened in the Museum of Friesland on 14 October 2017, one hundred years after her death. Mata Hari's birthplace is located in the building at Kelders 33.

The building suffered smoke and water damage during a fire in 2013 but was later restored. Architect Silvester Adema studied old drawings of the storefront in order to reconstruct it as it appeared when Abraham Zelle, the father of Mata Hari, had a hat shop there. In 2016, an information centre (belevingscentrum) was created in the building displaying mementoes of Mata Hari.

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