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Svengali

Svengali (1931)

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Release Date: Dec 31, 1931 Wide

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The George du Maurier novel Trilby, about a hypnotist who controls a female musician, was originally filmed as Trilby, a 1920s silent. In the 1931 talkie, the emphasis shifts from the music student to the teacher, Svengali. John Barrymore gives a scenery-chewing performance as Svengali, who is originally seen tutoring Honori (Carmel Myers). Trilby (Marian Marsh) is making her living as a nude model, but she wants to use her musical talents to earn money and hopes to settle down with Billee

Dec 18, 2007

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

A peculiar, affecting ode to the tragic lecher

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Vintage old-fashioned psychological melodrama about the evil use of mind-control.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the best -- and most overlooked -- early talkie horror films. Barrymore is magnetic in the lead.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Movies this old seem to come from another planet.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Great story, actors, and the ending is perfect. I loved this movie.
September 3, 2010
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