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Svengali (1931)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  22 May 1931 (USA)
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Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

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Sinister music maestro Svengali can control the actions of women through hypnotism and his telepathic powers. When a pupil he has seduced announces she has left her husband for him, he uses his powers to cause her suicide and promptly forgets her. He meets a beautiful model, Trilby, and becomes infatuated with her, but she, in turn, falls for a young artist called Billee who also loves her. One day Svengali hypnotizes Trilby to cure her headache, but also examines her upper palate and decides it is an ideal cavity for great singing. He convinces her to fake her suicide, so Billee and friends will forget her, and goes on a singing tour with her. Svengali uses his powers to make her sing wonderfully and Madame Svengali, as Trilby is now known, becomes a sensation throughout Europe. But Billee discovers the ruse and begins to follow the pair, upsetting Svengali enough to have him cancel performances too frequently, so they no longer can perform in Europe. They go to Egypt, but Billee ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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After Billie vows to follow Svengali and regain Trilby's attentions, we see an article in a Naples newspaper titled "Opera News." The second paragraph reads thus: "Monsieur Bonelli states Monsieur Svengali has recoved from his illness." See more »

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Svengali: Now... what did we do last?
Madame Honori: Don't you remember?
Svengali: I am speaking about music.
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Version of Trilby and Little Billee (1896) See more »

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Allegro Giocoso
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Music by Henri Verdun
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I bought this DVD, and am thankful I did.
26 December 2002 | by (AZ) – See all my reviews

I saw this mysterious movie made in 1931 on TV once and was amazed. I never saw it again so I decided to buy the DVD. Great movie about a maestro who hypmotizes a 17 year old girl in a futile effort to win her love. The make up is incredible and the sets are obviously inspired by the cabinet of Dr. Caligri (another great film). John Barrymore looked creepy in the makeup and was great as Svengali. The movie is a tad racey for the era in which it was filmed. This movie delivers on all cylinders.


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