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Lonesome (1928)

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Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again?

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Overdressed Woman on Roller Coaster
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A lonesome boy and a lonesome girl meet accidentally on their Saturday-off at Coney Island. It is love at fight sight but over the bewilderment of their sudden romance and escape from loneliness, they don't even realize they don'y even known each other's name until a fire breaks out and they are separated. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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With All the Glamor and Glitter of CONEY ISLAND That Millions Everywhere Are Always Eager To See See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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April 1929 (Germany)  »

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Solitude  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)|

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1.20 : 1
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Referenced in Les dossiers de l'écran: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969) See more »

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Lonesome
Music by Joseph Cherniavsky
Words by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
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America's last great silent film
8 February 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

If only this remarkable movie hadn't had the misfortune to be released just when the enthusiasm for sound was sweeping all before it, it would probably have been more appreciated at the time and remembered today as one of the all-time classics. As an expression of the isolation of city life, it builds up an atmosphere of desperation, in spite of its romance with a happy ending. The scene where the boy searches frantically for the girl throughout crowded Coney Island, buffeted this way and that by the uncaring throngs, turned away by the indifferent faces of the amusement park workers, has few equals for anguish. Also unforgettable is the montage that cuts from one to the other of the lovers (who have not yet met) while they are at work, the one at a factory, the other at a telephone switchboard; the motions of the hands and the machines build to a frantic, overwhelming pace.

Unfortunately, before the movie was released it was sadly mangled by the insertion of several sound sequences, which stop the continuity dead with their absolute stasis, and feature dialogue so thunderously inane you have to suspect it was written by the sound technician. Nonetheless, "Lonesome" remains one of the most sophisticated examples of the silent movie, an art form that was killed by sound almost as soon as it had reached maturity.


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