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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

An improvement over Prix de beauté (Miss Europe) and a dandy film

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 July 2006

While I have never understood all the attention Louise Brooks has received for her films, I must admit that this one is better than most and a major improvement over the sound version of MISS EUROPE--a film I didn't particularly like and felt was highly overrated. A lot of this might be because the sound version of MISS EUROPE was so sloppily made, but regardless, I just can't see why Miss Brooks has attained god-like status among some lovers of silent cinema. Perhaps it has to do with the small number of films she made or her persona off screen.

On to the movie itself. This is a very adult movie for its time because much of the movie concerns sex and illegitimacy. Louise is the daughter of a very weak, hypocritical and immoral man who makes a habit of impregnating his maids (this is highly reminiscent of DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID). However, when Louise becomes pregnant, he throws her out of the house! Leonard Maltin indicated in one of his reviews that Louise's character had gotten pregnant after she was raped. I couldn't see that this was necessarily the case--she appeared to have been seduced by her father's assistant, not raped. Actually, had she been clearly raped in the film, I think this would have greatly improved the movie's impact and created a wonderful parallel with her father's sex life.

After she gives birth, Louise is sent to a home for "fallen women" and her baby is taken from her. This is a very interesting part of the film, though it was handled in a very, very heavy-handed fashion and seemed too unreal--particularly when she escaped and returned for her baby. But, regardless of these shortcomings, the film is entertaining in a very salacious way! She can't afford to live and her family has disowned her so she is forced to spend several years in a brothel! Ultimately, she is removed and cared for by the father of a dead friend. The film ends with her now being a respectable woman who is one of the board members at the same home for fallen women where she'd been incarcerated! Talk about a plot twist! The acting is, despite the raciness of the film, pretty restrained and the film is well-done. I just think that maybe there's too much in the film--too many sleazy and soap opera-like elements to ring 100 true. But, I must admit that it IS entertaining!

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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Read the synopsis first

Author: stephen-63 from Stockport, England
10 July 2002

This is based on the Tartan Video VHS release. The image was computer enhanced, leading to fewer shades and more grain. Unusually for a silent video this really was silent, no music at all. Lots of frames seemed to be missing with much jumping. Pretty hard to follow what is happening, unless you read a detailed synopsis first. Subject to those difficulties, a silent classic, with Brooks at her best. Some well shot scenes- the introduction to the reformatory seems to be a favorite with many viewers, this viewer also.

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9 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Another Overrated Brooks Soaper

2/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
7 May 2006

I checked out this German silent film early in my film collecting days to get another look at the intriguing Louise Brooks, a controversial actress of her day whom I had read a lot of glowing tributes to her by critics. However, like the other movie I watched her in, "Pandora's Box," this, too, I found boring. It was way too soap opera-ish. Hey, everybody here isn't a drama queen.

The clincher for turning me off on this film was the anti-Christian bias, something prevalent since film began. Here, we see a gym instructor with a big cross around her neck, in which the camera showed in closeups twice to make sure we got their point, and the woman was a sick sadist. This is ploy filmmakers have been doing for years, right to this day.

Too much talk in here was not translated, either. That gets frustrating to watch. Brooks gets an inordinate amount of attention and praise simply because she was a big feminist before her time, so Liberals gush over anything she did, even it stinks. Case in point.

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