The young daughter of an army captain missing in action runs away from school and is kidnapped by Parisian lowlifes. When the kidnapper flees to Nice with the child, the kind-hearted employee of one of his accomplices sets off in pursuit.
The innkeeper's daughter is in love, but her mother has already decided that she is going to be married to another man. Raymond, the young woman's fiancé, is devastated. After a few ... See full summary »
During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ... See full summary »
Henry B. Walthall,
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »
Extremely bizarre film that's pretty hard to judge because it's difficult to make any sense of it. A mother (Renee Carl) goes to see a palm reader who informs her that a loved one is about to die. The woman doesn't know if it's her son or her husband (Rene Navarre) but history buffs will know who it is as it's April 10, 1912 and the husband is about to board Titanic. This film was released in France in October so it was just a few months after the real tragedy so I'm really curious as to how people took this film when it was released. While watching the film it's hard to know if they were just exploiting the tragedy or if they were trying to show that palm reader was a major scam. In a way I feel that they were trying to show palm readers as frauds but if so why on Earth rub salt in what was probably still a tender subject for many people? The entire bit with the palm readers being brought down is sadly lost so the Kino disc just gives us some text as to what happened in the third act. I really didn't have a problem with this but you still scratch your head as to the Titanic stuff being used. We even get actual footage of the Carpathia bringing survivors back and even this is added into the plot of the movie. Personally, I think it was in pretty bad taste to use the Titanic subplot but then again, had they not used it then it's doubtful this film would be remembered today. The performance by Carl is a pretty good one and the supporting cast isn't too bad either. At 24-minutes even without the missing footage, the thing runs a tad bit too long and the psychological drama that the director goes for is never really captured. With that said, it's hard not to recommend this movie simply because of the strange story and what it uses a real tragedy to push it's message.
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