1915, Drama, 55m9 Reviews 250+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for The Cheat
There are some excellent lighting effects and the work of Sessue Hayakawa is so far above the acting of Miss Ward and Jack Dean that he really should be the star in the billing for the film.
[The Cheat] remains interesting today not only for its gripping vulgarity but also for the spectacular innovations in dramatic lighting De Mille created with his cameraman, Alvin Wyckoff.
The picture is much above the average of its kind. But is there any more excuse for this sensational trash than for the old-fashioned melodrama in which half the characters were killed off at the end of the play?March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
[Cecil B. DeMille] understands the cinematic zones where the dueling impulses of prudery and titillation meet.
Compared to many other films of the period, this one comes across as rather modern, at least in some respects.November 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Made waves during its day because of its explosive sexual and racial content.June 5, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Cheat
Sep 22, 2011I loved this movie, it mixes the romance, thriller, and drama genres, sort of like a film noir, but much earlier. There are a lot of cool editing techniques used skillfully too. And I loved the ending. I highly recommend this movie, it's the best movie I've seen from the 1910s so far.Aj V Super Reviewer
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