The Hearts of Age (1934)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Virginia Nicholson ...
Old woman / Keystone Kop
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Indian in blanket
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Bell-ringer in blackface
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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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26 November 1999 (Taiwan)  »

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Early Welles
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hearts of Age, The (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Orson Welles acts and co-directs this, his first film, which is a take off on surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel. It's interesting watching this film knowing what Welles would go onto do but overall this isn't overly good. The visual technique is nice as is Welles plus we get to see him act with his first wife Virginia Nicholson.

You can find this short on Image's Unseen Cinema Collection, which features several rare and important films, which will be very interesting to fans of early cinema.


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