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Critic Reviews for Applause
This deeply affecting tale of Stella Dallas-style maternal self-sacrifice transcends its sentimental shortcomings through the fluency of direction that was to become Mamoulian's trademark.
In most cases, however, Mr. Mamoulian commits the unpardonable sin of being far too extravagant. He becomes tedious in his scenes of the convent and there is nothing but viciousness in his stage passages.
[It is] surprising to find Rouben Mamoulian, recently director of legitimate productions for Manhattan's Theatre Guild, experimenting so weakly with the cinema.
This is the real old burlesque, in its background, people and atmosphere. So was Beth Brown's book, and Garret Fort has adapted with sufficient fidelity to hold together the odd story that makes an odd picture.
Audience Reviews for Applause
The actors are very good, and the story is touching, but it's a predictable and overused plot. So, it's a good movie, but it could have done something to make it stand out more and make it different.
In "Applause," Thea(Paprika Steen) is just out of rehab and acting in a production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Otherwise, she is trying to get her life back together, with her ex-husband Christian(Michael Falch) having already re-married to Maiken(Sara-Marie Maltha), a psychologist. That becomes increasingly important for Thea, especially as it regards potential custody of her two young sons.
While "Applause" has its strengths in being a character study, it is often just as obvious, which is best exemplified in its choice of a play within the movie.(Admittedly, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' does sound better in Danish than in English.) Plus, Paprika Steen's lead performance is more showy than powerful as a character whose issues may extend beyond her addictions.
Applause is familiar in its plot and characters and its ending is admittedly ridiculously harsh, but this is still such a good early sound film with some excellent, really groundbreaking camera movements and sound quality at display here and it is an excellent mix of musical, melodrama and romance with many dramatic and heartbreaking scenes, but also having many truly wonderful, romantic sequences that are so charming. It is a weird, but memorable early talkie.
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