Easy Virtue (1927)
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In the early stages of his directing career, Alfred Hitchcock made a number of hackneyed studio films which barely resemble the works he would go on to direct. The society drama Easy Virtue is one of the nine silent movies Hitchcock directed. The film opens with Larita Filton posing for her portrait in an artist's studio. The behavior of her boorish, philandering husband, Aubrey Filton, drives her into the artist's arms where her husband discovers her. In the melee that follows, the artist
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The first half of the film, an addition detailing events only described in the play, is pure Hitchcock, its combination of conciseness and idiosyncrasy demonstrating his mastery of silent narration.
Based on Noel Coward's play, this Hitchcock critique of the the upper class, centers on a disreputable woman, a heroine type that he would return to in later films, such as Notorious and Marnie.
The main reason to stop on PBS when the network airs "Easy Virtue" a few months from now is to witness Biel's complete departure.
The film's conclusion is rushed, but the movie still has much to admire as a catty drama about scandal and scorn.
Coward's strength was sparkling dialogue, which makes his work a poor fit for the silent cinema.
The problem is, of course, that the movie was silent and Coward's dialogue -- even in a minor play -- is indispensable.
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