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October 18, 2009
Not that great plot-wise. Acting not so good. Kinda interesting to watch.
August 29, 2009
95 years later, it's hard to watch without a significant amount of discomfort at the "yellow panic" that marks the villain as a villain primarily due to his Asian ethnicity. The titular "cheat" is very elusive, though, as it could be referring to any of a number of lies, secrets, and double-crossings that take place. Taking a step back from its offensive portrayal of the Asian villain, as a DeMille film it still has technical merits and was a very popular film when it came out, launching Hayakawa to stardom that gave him the opportunity to atone for his caricatured Asian villainy.
September 28, 2008
The lighting is amazing. @_@ <3 The whole movie just looks SO high quality, at least compared to, say, Way Down East.

Also just a really fun film, and quite short. :D
June 8, 2008
Barnstorming melodrama from DeMille, with a society butterfly almost blackmailed into an adulterous liaison with a sadistic Burmese ivory trader. The film is undoubtedly racist and mob-handed, yet there's something in the direction which relishes both the exotic eroticism of Hayakawa's Burmese and his violent sadism - in the central scene, he brands the woman, bringing on screen a suppressed desire in the audience for depictions of S&M. The film certainly doesn't have a dull moment.
June 5, 2008
The first silent film I've ever seen. Unfortunately I only saw the last 5 minutes!
June 4, 2008
Sessue Hayakawa: A++++. Other than that...not really.
May 30, 2008
Still affecting 100 years later. Shocking to believe it was released the same year as "Birth of a Nation". Sessue Hayakawa, in one of his first screen appearances (and one of the first appearances by a REAL Asian in an Asian role) not only punches conservative tastes in the mouth, but delivers a harrowing, dichotomous performance as the villainous Tori. ("Manslaughter", the second feature on the Kino DVD, shows how far the art of cinema had traversed in just over a decade: the pace in cutting and performance is ratcheted up tenfold.)
½ February 23, 2008
Welcome to the Yellow Peril. This movie is a must for those interested in how Asians were vilified. The movie is over the top in so many ways it is a must see.
½ October 24, 2007
Edith not only sells herself to an ivory dealer, but apparently she also pissed off someone in the wardrobe department. Rough week.
October 11, 2007
I love Sessue Hayakawa. He plays the bad guy in "The Cheat", but women swooned over him years before Rudolph Valentino. His acting style is radically different from the melodramatic leading lady - very understated, only his expressive eyes show strong emotions. His success in early Hollywood was a remarkable achievement of an Asian man in the racist climate of the times.
½ October 8, 2007
Not bad early DeMille melodrama. Really kooky at times. And racist. A few nice moments. The finale is odd.
½ September 22, 2007
Unnecessarily difficult to watch. Does not translate well, and takes so long to tell a pretty simple story.
½ September 5, 2007
A sometimes cinematic, but often really annoying film. The court scene is as stupid as an Adam Sandler pic.
August 18, 2007
rather extarordinary early Demille flick. Somewhat rather nastier than anything on the American screen until Stroheim started directing a few years later.
½ August 9, 2007
This is very hard to watch now, but as far as silent films go this is pretty important. But certainly not anything I'd ever watch again.
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