After the tragic death from malaria of her beloved husband his rich widow Helga Vanroh travels restlessly around various Mediterranean countries. In the luxurious surroundings of a hotel in... See full summary »
After the tragic death from malaria of her beloved husband his rich widow Helga Vanroh travels restlessly around various Mediterranean countries. In the luxurious surroundings of a hotel in Monte Carlo Mrs. Vanroh keeps apart from society, until one evening she decides to visit the casino. There a young man attracts her curiosity and compassion. Sascha Lonay has again lost a fortune at the roulette-tables. In his desperation he ponders on taking his life, but Mrs. Vanroh is able to dissuade him by offering him a hotelroom, money to pay his debts - and her love. They spent the night together. The following day the couple travel to the mountains, where Sascha - overwhelmed by the beauty of life and her generosity - promises her to refrain from gambling and to take the next ship sailing from Marseille and look for an honest job. He begs her to accompany him to Marseille in the evening, but Mrs. Vanroh is too afraid of commitment. Alone again, she makes a final visit to the casino. Her ... Written by
I have long been a Henny Porten fan. This is a hard to get film. Much of the problem deals with the Misch-Masch plot. The actors do their best in attempting to bring to life a story that defies reason and sense. The movie ends almost mid-sentence leaving the audience, so the director, I suspect, to wonder what happens next: will Henny continue to love and support a liar, a loser, a hopeless addict to gambling. The filming is only mediocre. I could not find out if the film was actually made in Monte Carlo. If not, I commend the seamless back projection work. This is a slow, dreary movie fortunately only 73 minutes long. Stuart Grief firstname.lastname@example.org
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