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Escape from Devil's Island (1935)
Absolutely Insane. Must be seen.
Talk about economy of storytelling -- In little over and hour, Dario escapes arrest during a heist only to go to Devil's Island posing as a guard in order to help his captured crime partner escape (who also happens to be the father of the woman he has secretly loved for years). The partner dies during the escape so Dario helps the partner's inmate/friend escape... only to have the woman throw Dario over for the escaped inmate! Dario wrestles with jealousy but ultimately goes back to Devil's Island -- this time as a prisoner! -- in order to allow the escapee to go off with his girl, happily ever after. And you thought Tale of Two Cities had the world's biggest sap?! Dario, is so deliriously clueless and relentlessly ineffective (the partner/dad dies, he loses the girl, winds up a prisoner) that, in spite of itself, the film becomes something of a grand testament to the delusions of machismo. You can't take your eyes off this film. The film-making is quite lavish, with solid direction and photography, and a swift pace. Unjustly forgotten and impossible to find. I own a 16mm print, which might be the only way to see it!
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