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The print from Japan was quite good for a film of this age and seemed
mostly complete. The animation is mostly cut paper.
I saw the film with just Japanese titles and it may be difficult for people with little knowledge of Japan or Japanese customs to follow the story. However, those interested in Anime may find it interesting from a technical point of view.
The film tells the legend of the founding of Kanimanji (Crab Temple). A woman frees a crab from being tortured by a boy. She then frees a frog from a snake by promising that the snake can marry her in three days. When the snake comes for her (in human form), the snake is defeated by the crab's companions. The temple was then founded to console the spirits of the crabs that died fighting the snake.
The plot itself is not much and its resolution is unsatisfactory.
Some of the views of life at the time are interesting, such as of judicial proceedings and of custom tailoring. The contortionist is a wonderful performer and the music hall girls are cute, but they don't get much screen time.
A miller expels his daughter because he does not approve of her boyfriend
but they are reconciled after he sees their baby.
Nice location shooting and costumes. That there is a title explaining each scene before it is acted out is typical of French filmmaking of the time. The restored print is quite nice, though the titles are replacements.
The story is hard to follow unless you are quite familiar with the history
of Henry VIII's reign. The picture seems more interested in spectacle than
story telling. Wonderful costumes.
I wasn't impressed with Jannings. His Henry was mostly interested in eating, drinking, hunting and women.
A broad parody of the Romeo and Juliet story. Set in a 19'th century
village, Romeo and Juliet love each other but they can't marry because
families are feuding. Unlike Shakespeare, there's a happy
Plenty of low humor. Nice sets and costumes. The best costumes were for scenes at a costume ball.
Mainly of interest to those looking for Lubitsch touches, of which there are
a goodly number. Hollywood has had a difficult time cleaning up European
sex comedies for the American market without losing the zip.
This picture is an example of this problem.
Very good costumes and sets, but the story is not engaging.
I saw the Eastman House print, where only the final 20 minutes or so were
tinted and where the titles in the first half hour were very
The acting is better than average for movies of the time, though modern artists may think odd the scenes where Geraldine Farrar emotes to the camera.
Best for the sets and the costumes. I thought that the attack on the castle was the best part of the movie, and the early scenes in Joan's home village were very atmospheric.
The story itself is more to be ignored and seems to take history just as a jumping off point.
Maurice Chevalier does most of the singing, so if you don't like him, I suggest you skip this picture. Thin and unbelievable story (a depression era fantasy). Nice production values. Little dancing.
Relatively standard plot, but a super finale in the style that Busby
Berkeley made famous.
Clark Gable is not yet the smooth heartthrob he will later become. Fred Astaire doesn't have much time to strut his stuff. The Three Stooges (as Ted Healey and His Stooges) are already a mature act.
A populist political satire in the Frank Capra mold.
George M. Cohan's dance is blackface during a medicine show is interesting and the scenes where his two characters appear together are well done.
Jimmy Durante puts in a good performance. Sidney Toler is very good as a political consultant, but doesn't get much screen time, not does the Hawaiian band at the convention.
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