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Early animation of the legend of the founding of a temple, 30 April 2008
5/10

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.

Qui? (1916)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
An early locked room murder mystery, 20 November 2003
5/10

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.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Interesting mainly as an example of filmmaking of the time, 20 November 2003
5/10

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.

4 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Heavy going despite the great production values, 4 July 2003
5/10

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.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A bright comedy, 4 July 2003
7/10

A broad parody of the Romeo and Juliet story. Set in a 19'th century Alpine village, Romeo and Juliet love each other but they can't marry because their families are feuding. Unlike Shakespeare, there's a happy ending.

Plenty of low humor. Nice sets and costumes. The best costumes were for scenes at a costume ball.

3 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Another sexless European sex comedy, 4 July 2003
5/10

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.

3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
A curiosity, not as masterpiece, 4 June 2003
6/10

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 jumpy.

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.

3 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Not that wonderful - beat for Maurice Chevalier fans, 26 November 2002
5/10

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.

7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Yet another backstage musical, 24 November 2002
7/10

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.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Soso, with some nice touches, 24 November 2002
5/10

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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