Natasha and her grandfather live in a cottage near Moscow, making hats for Madame Irène. Madame and her husband have told the housing committee that Natasha rents a room from them; this ... See full summary »
Jacob, a farmer, returns from the war to his wife Marie and begs the landlord baron for a plot of land to rent. The Baron grants the request, but only for a barren, rocky, useless acreage. ... See full summary »
Robby and Jim are two friends working in a circus. When Marina, a new acrobat, enters the show, both men will compete for her love. She needs a partner for a flying number, and one of them will be elected. Then accidents will happen.
That's the message of this very political tragedy. Lead actor Hermann Vallentin -- a dead ringer for Vernon Dent, by the way -- loses his job to a tabulating machine and gradually falls to pieces. Meanwhile, Anna Sten -- who photographs very nicely from certain angles -- is jilted by her boyfriend when the sheriff comes to take the cuckoo clock and falls in love with a nice young man who works hard.
This movie is acted very well. If the cinematography is a little too in your face for my taste, it is nicely handled in that context. It's a very didactic piece of film making and the contemporary critics didn't like it. For my taste it is quite decent and its disesteem is more due to the obscurity of its writer and director and its inherently conservative message.
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