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The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company. To push up the price of his stock, Saccard plans a publicity stunt involving the aviator Jacques Hamelin flying across the Atlantic to Guyana and drilling for oil there, much to the dismay of Hamelin's wife Line. While Hamelin is away, Saccard tries to seduce Line. Line finally realizes that she and her husband were pawns in Saccard's scheme, and she accuses him of stock fraud. Written by
As a treatise on the evils of bankers, this film was quite prescient. However, this nearly three hour film is quite a slog. Recounting the story, I cannot come up with a reason it needed to run over 90 minutes. Pierre Alcover is the fat, evil banker in question (he might even be Jewish; he sort of looks it). He comes up with a scheme to increase his banks funds by backing a trans-ocean flight using a new fuel in which his bank is investing. Henry Victor is the victim. As a bonus, his beautiful wife, Marie Glory, is left alone for Alcover to hit on when Victor is dead, or at least trapped in South America. Brigitte Helm also co-stars. I was never 100% sure how she fit in, but it's nice to have her here. The performances are all very good, and there are actually plenty of fine moments, and L'Herbier's camera glides around beautifully. Unfortunately, the excellent filmmaking is only in small portions of the film. Since its subject is financial wheelings and dealings, most of the time the film consists of people standing in rooms and talking to each other.
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