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Pikovaya dama (1916)

While hosting a game of cards one night, Narumov tells his friends a story about his grandmother, a Countess. As a young woman, she had once incurred an enormous gambling debt, which she ... See full summary »

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Tamara Duvan ... The Countess as a young woman
... Hermann
Vera Orlova ... Lizaveta
Nikolai Panov ... Count of Saint-Germain
Polikarp Pavlov ... The Count (as P. Pavlov)
Yelizaveta Shebueva ... The Countess
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While hosting a game of cards one night, Narumov tells his friends a story about his grandmother, a Countess. As a young woman, she had once incurred an enormous gambling debt, which she was able to erase by learning a secret that guaranteed that she could win by playing her cards in a certain order. One of Narumov's friends, German, has never gambled, but he is intrigued by the story about the Countess and her secret. He soon becomes obsessed with learning this secret from her, and he starts by courting her young ward Lizaveta, hoping to use her to gain access to the Countess. Written by Snow Leopard

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Great Looking Silent Picture
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The Queen of Spades (1916)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Alexander Pushkin's short story about a young man named German who learns about a Countess who knows the secret to cards to where she can win no matter what. German decides to try to court her and learn her secrets but soon death follows.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES is a film that was told several times during the silent era but the most famous version is probably the one from 1949. This Russian silent is certainly an impressive looking film as it features some nice cinematography as well as some nice performances. The highlight is certainly the sets, which look terrific and really make the film seem as if you're watching a big- budget picture.

With that said, this version lacks getting the viewer caught up in its story. It really did feel as if the director was more worried about the visual look instead the of the story and the end result is something nice to look at but the power of its story never really comes across. The film also doesn't come across as haunting as it should have as the ending is a bit rushed.

Still, there's no question that THE QUEEN OF SPADES is worth watching if your'e a fan of silent horror films. IT's certainly flawed but at the same time it's well-made and looks terrific.


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