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Barbed Wire (1927)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  10 September 1927 (USA)
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During WWI, a French farm girl and a German P.O.W. fall in love.

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In 1914 France, pastoral life on the Moreau farm is interrupted by war. Son Andre joins the army, a P.O.W. camp is built on the farm, and daughter Mona feels only hatred toward Germany. Arriving, the German prisoners cast approving eyes on Mona, but worsening war news keeps her hostile...until Oscar Muller, prisoner working on the farm, proves himself a good man by his actions. As the bond between Mona and Oscar strengthens, so does the neighbors' vituperation; even with the war's end, tragic results seem inevitable... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One of many great 1927 productions
2 May 2006 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Pola Negri is every bit as good in Barbed Wire as critics had led me to believe. This is a fine film, despite the melodramatic ending that almost seemed to belong to a 1917 silent film more than one from 1927.

Negri is lovely and quite restrained in her acting. Clive Brook is solid as her German love interest, if a bit stiff – and definitely a little old looking for her. Actually, the one thing that kept bothering me about Brook was that he looks (to me) like a very young Forrest Tucker! (I kept expecting him to be beaten up by a very young John Wayne or to start hanging out with a very young Larry Storch!) Director Rowland V. Lee shows signs of great things to come. The story moves well and has many memorable moments. One that will stay with me is the scene were Mona is leaving the makeshift courtroom after saving Oskar's life. She is first taken by surprise by her neighbors' venom, then by the German prisoners' adoration. Her surprise at their gesture of respect (tipping their caps and following her inside the barbed wire fence) turns to faint pleasure, but just as quickly begins icing over into discomfort, then concern, then panic, as she realizes that the degree to which her enemy now admires her, her neighbors will scorn her.

If the ending had been handled a bit differently, this film would be right up there among the best of the late silent classics, alongside Sunrise, The Crowd, Faust, The Wind and a handful of others. As it is, I would place it in the next tier, not one of the handful of greatest silent films ever, but certainly one of the top handful of films made in 1927. When you consider that Sunrise, Napoleon, My Best Girl, Metropolis, The General, Seventh Heaven, The Loves of Jeanne Ney, King of Kings, etc., all debuted in the Year of Lindberg (and Babe Ruth), that is quite a statement in itself.

This is definitely a film for any silent cinema fan and for any other lovers of forbidden romances. The silent cinema was truly peaking in its final years.


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