Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other fiercely loves.Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other fiercely loves.Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other fiercely loves.
Then came the (to my mind) disaster of "Birth of a Nation" which tipped the parentage of film art from painting to theater. Thereafter in nearly all cases, movies were first about storytelling.
But a remnant of the previous family tree remains and sometimes can be found in so-called "art" films. Before they became a completely separate beast with talkies, we had examples like this. This film is literally a case of direct sense versus the bad, bad thing film was becoming in other words, flesh and the devil.
The story itself mirrors the conflict by placing it (somewhat clumsily) as a conflict between two friends who both love the same woman, played by Garbo.
The entire production is a matter of extremely powerful images that register as images first and only then elucidate a story. In the plot, the lovely woman is destroyed and the two friends reconcile. Not so in the real world of the future of cinema.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
- May 3, 2005