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Great atmosphere, great Negri, everything else not so great
I admit I am not on the same page as the other folks on here: I do not view Hotel Imperial (1927) as a lost gem from the silent era. It is beautifully directed and shot, with fluid cinematography and mostly competent performances. Negri shines brightest, bringing her naturalistic acting and passion to her performance. It is she who makes this film so memorable.
The story is what brings everything down. The story is meant to be good drama, but the lack of subtlety in the villains and lapses of intelligence in most of the characters just drags everything down.
A beautifully made but certainly not classic film. Watch for the atmosphere and Negri.
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