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Alphonse Marnier
Renée Carl ...
Anna Moulin, dite Nana
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Dr. Paul Perrin
Max Dhartigny
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Pauline Royer ...
Une jeune fleuriste
Alice Tissot
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Early social commentary--but talk about a lousy ending!!
3 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"La Tare" would make a great double-feature along with 1925's "Red Kimona". Both films are about "fallen women" who have made a fresh start and mended their ways--only to have their past haunt them and a society unwilling to give them a second chance despite their dramatic change towards good.

The film begins with Anna working in a dance hall, however, from the intertitle cards, such a place was probably more a place for prostitution than innocent fun. However, she is rescued from this seedy life by a doctor and she gets work with him caring for his sick patients. She becomes so indispensable that eventually she becomes head of nursing at the hospital. But, despite all the good she does, it all comes crashing down on her when a jerk from her past recognizes her and tries blackmailing her. She refuses and in turn he destroys her reputation and the weasels at the hospital fire her!

The only serious problem about this film is the ending. I assume that perhaps the ending was lost, but if it wasn't, then the director was insane!! Instead of a good resolution to the film's dilemma, an intertitle card appears and tells, in a couple sentences, what 10 extra minutes of film should have shown!! Does anyone know if this was the way the film really ended?!

The film obviously was made as a rebuke against such unfairness and draconian ideas of morality and propriety. And, as such, it succeeds pretty well. One reviewer felt that it was a bit too slow, but for a film from 1911, it's not bad at all in its pacing. When you compare it to the 1925 film (which was set at about the same time "La Tare" was set--the 1910s), you can see that pacing has improved quite a bit as well as the ability to tell a story--but is still not THAT different.

Also, while the film might have been tightened up a bit, compared to the director's pieces like "Judex" and "Les Vampires" (which are between 5 and 6 1/2 hours each), this story IS told very compactly!!


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