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Lonesome (1928)

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Two lonely people discover short-lived happiness in this silent drama. Jim (Glenn Tryon) and Mary (Barbara Kent) live in the same rooming house in New York City, though they've never met; Jim works in a metal fabricating plant, and Mary runs a switchboard for the telephone company. While both have friends, they both long for something more in their lives. One afternoon, Jim decides to go to Coney Island to see the famous amusement park, and on the bus he spies Mary. Jim finds her attractive, and

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Lonesome, Paul Fejos's exquisite, poetic 1928 masterpiece about love and estrangement in the big city, deserves to be ranked with The Crowd as well as Sunrise, though it's not nearly as well-known as either.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Dr Fejos has paid more attention to his interesting dissolves and double exposures than he has to the characterization of his story.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Although to a large extent the two characters are basic archetypes, as a writer and director Fejös has a poet's touch when it comes to the details of phrase and gesture.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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This was Universal's first sound film with only three dialog scenes (all on the beach).

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's perhaps the ultimate film in urban alienation.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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I don't hesitate to call it a masterpiece -- and the best film I've seen in 2012.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In the end, I'd call Lonesome a truncated masterpiece, with footage rudely added rather than stripped away.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

finds an impressive middle ground between the easier pleasures of Hollywood and the more demanding tenets of European art cinema

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A mostly-silent film that showcases all the vitality of the late silent era.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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