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The Devil (1921)

Georges and Marie are due to be married, despite artist Paul's feelings for Marie. Following a meeting at an art gallery, and an exchange about Evil's capacity to overcome Truth, sinister ... See full summary »

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Georges and Marie are due to be married, despite artist Paul's feelings for Marie. Following a meeting at an art gallery, and an exchange about Evil's capacity to overcome Truth, sinister Dr Mueller decides to put Marie's relationship to the test.

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"All the world his playground, human hearts his toys" (Print Ad- Beaver Falls Tribune, ((Beaver Falls, Penna.)) 9 May 1921)

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A Different George Arliss
12 November 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Anyone who looks at THE DEVIL expecting a typically sly, witty -- albeit voiceless -- performance by George Arliss will be disappointed. This is a filmed version of an early stage success of his and he was 51 when he filmed it: still young enough for some big movement.

In fin-de-siecle Paris, Lucy Cotton has just gotten engaged to Roland Bottomley. Meanwhile, artist Edmund Lowe is having an attack of nerves before a big show; he tells his model/lover, Sylvia Breamer, that he wishes he was in love. When Miss Cotton sees one of the paintings at Lowe's show, "Truth Crucified by Evil", she remarks that such a thing could never happen -- and Mr. Arliss steps on the screen and decides to make that very thing happen.

It's Mr. Arliss' first movie, and so he has some good, up-and-coming talent with him, along with his wife, Florence, in a small role. It's rather unnerving after a dozen and a half movies in which he played the witty and wise fellow to see him in this Mephistophelean part, but he carries it off very well, even silently. Thank goodness a decent print is finally available!


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