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The Hearts of Age (1934)

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who ... See full summary »

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A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the same door and walk down the same stairs: a shabby man, a cop, and, several times, the same dandy. The man in blackface hangs himself; the dandy continues to smile. A bell tolls, a grave beckons. In the dark, the dandy plays the piano. Is he Death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some Dirty Little Film
19 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would normally put a plot here, but I do not know what the plot is... there is a man in blackface, an old woman, some creepy looking old men, and Orson Welles as Death.

This is Orson Welles' first film. What do we say about that? I mean, can we draw a parallel to his other work? I have no idea... I do not see a germ of "Citizen Kane" in this one, but at only eight minutes it is hard to find much of anything in here. Especially in a film that is so blurry and grainy.

Not sure what is going on with the creepy men descending the staircase or with the old woman sexually gyrating on the liberty bell. And the film's silence makes it even more of a mystery... how do you interpret this, and what does it have to do with "hearts of age"?


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