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Champagne (1928)

 |  Comedy  |  20 August 1928 (UK)
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A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. But Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

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Ferdinand von Alten ...
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A spoilt rich girl leads a life of luxury on the profits from her father's champagne business. To bring her back down to earth he tells her that all the money has been lost so she goes to seek her fortune. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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20 August 1928 (UK)  »

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A l'américaine  »

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In 1976 Press Conference for Family Plot, Hitchcock revealed that this film was his least favorite film out of all films he made. See more »

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After the struggle between the boy and the father's friend, the friend leans against a wall and holds his neck with both hands. In the next shot only one hand is touching his neck. See more »

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[first lines]
Man in lifeboat: You'd better hurry, Miss, before she sinks.
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A departure for Alfred Hitchcock and a mixed bag of a film
20 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a real mixed bag of sorts. The film follows a woman named Betty who is in love with her rich boyfriend. However, Betty also has a substantial amount of money and Betty's father believes that her boyfriend is a gold-digger. Betty takes her father's plane and goes after her boyfriend anyway who is on a ship heading to France. Betty attempts to get married to her boyfriend but they get in an argument and separate after they reach France. After getting back together Betty's father tells her that they have lost all of their money in the stock market which causes Betty's boyfriend to leave again. Will her boyfriend return or is he really a gold-digger? The story isn't very interesting when it comes down to it although I did enjoy the twist at the end of the film.

As for the acting, it's actually pretty good. Betty Balfour plays Betty and does a stupendous job at it. She seems to fit into the role very naturally and does a good job at not exaggerating emotions like in most silent films. Gordon Harker plays Betty's father Mark and seems to do a good job at seeming unpleased with his daughter's decision. And finally Jean Bradin plays Betty's boyfriend and he also does a good job in the role. While the acting is good, it doesn't save the film.

The special effects in the film are flawed and some of them seem obvious which isn't very good at all. However, the music is stupendous here and does a great job at creating emotions which you don't normally get from films of this time period. The camera angles and shots being used are truly ahead of their time which helps the film.

Even though I praised many aspects of the film the plot just feels so basic and uninteresting plus the poor quality of the special effects really hurt the atmosphere and immersion of the film. So while it has many positives it also has many negatives which causes it to equal out to a very mediocre film. Score: 4/10


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