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In 1846 the actress Gloria Vane is the leading star at the Adelphi Theatre in London. She is in love with the destitute nobleman Albert Finsbury. He is leaving for Australia to become an ... See full summary »
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James Sibley Watson,
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A portrait of a deserted fisherman's village in Northern Norway called Børfjord - a place with an incredible personality in the middle of a magnificent Arctic nature. The 12 minute short ... See full summary »
I have to say I am quite a fan of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" and I also like some of the silent short films that had him as a subject. This Austrian, black-and-white, 13-minute movie from almost 65 years ago, however, did not manage to impress me. The actor was good physically for the part, but I wish they could have chosen a better narrator. First of all, it seems off if the central actor suddenly starts narrating the story and we see his mouth move. He is not supposed to be a knowing component. He is supposed to be in fear. Rudolf was actually a pretty prolific actor, but still at an early stage of his career here. His voice also lacked to me the horror component. He may be a good dramatic narrator, but "The Raven" profits a lot from the horror attached to it and that was non-existent in Rudolf's voice. The actress in here never appeared in another film again, her only credit. Same goes for the writer. Director Kurt Steinwendner worked on a couple more projects, but this was his first. In general, a bit more experience in all areas would not have hurt this film. That way, I may also ended up liking it more. Not recommended, even if it's not a complete failure.
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