Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »
A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After... See full summary »
Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her. Written by
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Fascinating visually, Valentino fine, Nazimova has her moments
The art direction and costume design in this updated version of the classic play are outstandingly imaginative. The Valentino performance is one of his best - he is a perfect Armand, losing control only once when he exposes Marguerite before a gambling crowd. Nazimova is over the top in her acting when she's called upon to be vibrant and demonstrative - she is full of cliched silent acting mannerisms - but when she has quiet moments she is quite controlled, subtle, sensitive and convincing. Her death bed scene is just as memorable as Garbo's - reaching out to the auctioneers who are cataloguing her possessions for sale as she lies dying in her bed (reminiscent of the harpies stealing the bed linens while Scrooge's body lies cold and dead in the bed). This is a fascinating film - and quite short at 63 minutes. Worth catching.
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