Sheep's Eyes May Safely Glaze
9 July 2008
Warning: Spoilers
There probably aren't too many films from 1913 floating around and the chances of comparable vintage by genuine talents is even more remote which makes this early film from Maurice Tourneur well worth seeking out. In the nothing-new-under-the-sun department the shots of the girl surrounded by goats would be replicated more than half a century later in Manon des source but Tourneur displays a deft touch throughout in terms of composition and for a lot of the time he is able to extract 'natural' performances although the tendency to 'emote' is never quite curbed. The story is mild melodrama; the wife of the postmaster succumbs to the charms of the local squire, not the wisest thing with a jealous husband but the local shepherdess steps in to shoulder the blame. Hokey, maybe, but it was 1913.
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