Queen Kelly (1929)

Queen Kelly


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A young convent girl is seduced by a European nobleman, arousing the ire of his bride-to-be Queen and eventually finding herself exiled to a brothel in East Africa. Visually striking and perverse, Erich von Stroheim's last silent, from which he was discharged by Gloria Swanson, was hastily completed by her with talkie sequences.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Marian Ainslee, Erich von Stroheim
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On DVD: Jun 10, 2003


as Kitty Kelly

as Prince Wolfram

as Queen Regina V

as Wolfram's Lieutenant

as Prince Wolfram's Val...

as Mother Superior

as Adjutant to Wolfram

as Kelly's aunt

as Jan Voyheid

as Maid to Prince Wolfr...

as Kelly's Aunt

as Coughdrops
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Critic Reviews for Queen Kelly

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

July 10, 2003
AV Club
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A compelling curiosity deserving recognition beyond trivia value as the 'Sunset Boulevard' clip projected by Gloria Swanson's faded Norma Desmond.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Gloria Swanson in one of her more famous roles, directed by Von Stroheim.

March 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for Queen Kelly

After reading the glorious memoir Swanson on Swanson by Gloria Swanson I was ravenous to see more of her silent pictures from the dawning of the movie industry. This gem from overspending, OCD ridden director Eric von Stroheim was never officially finished as the production went over budget and there were significant disputes between Stroheim and Swanson, but what was salvaged is a beautiful piece of filmmaking. A type of grown up fairy tale with themes of romanticized violence, renegade from the Catholic Church, and the gamine charm of Swanson herself. Though the ending set in Africa was never filmed, which is a missing plot point, it's still a good watch for anyone with little resources for their own filmmaking endeavors and need inspiration. This was done with little budget and a million tiny problems, but is now a classic.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Wow, that was a great love story, I just wish they could have found all the footage for the ending so we could see it all. I really liked this movie, and if you're a fan of Swanson, you should see it too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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