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Erik the Great:
I killed Buffo Black - and placed the guilt on Mark Royce, I thought if Mark were out of the way, Julie would come back to me, but they love each other and I am old... there's nothing left in life for me- it was murder. Your Honor and I will pay!
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Often termed a horror film (due to it's background of stage magic) this is really a tale of thwarted love. Conrad Veidt excels as the kindly Erik the Great who finds his soon to be bride has fallen in love with one of his assistants. The discovery scene is a superb piece of acting from Veidt, as he shifts from shock to heartbreak, struggling to be magnanimous, and then gradually to cold calculation with the subtlest changes of expression.
These moments and a dynamic trial scene elevate what is otherwise an okay backstage melodrama into a truly compelling tale of jealousy and redemption. Palo Fejos, director of the wonderful "Lonesome", injects some stylish visuals.
The version I've seen is a truncated and mute print of 48 minutes, so I may have missed some of the film's finer points.
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