Cottage on Dartmoor1930
Cottage on Dartmoor (1930)
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an amazing film!~ i'm shocked i had never heard of this til a few weeks ago. this late silent is easily the equal of anything hitchcock was doing. it's a shame asquith's later work doesn't show the vitality and beauty of this early thriller. beginning with a prison escape, most of the film plays as an extended flashback with extraordinary camerawork and expressionistic shadowplay. loved it!
COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR: an expressionistic and claustrophobic account of sexual obsession and jealousy, very Hitchockian in the way it deals with the resulting crescendo of suspense, especially in connection with a key throat-cutting in a barber's chair incident. Asquith was a director who grew stodgy as his career entered into the sound era, viz his terribly British adaptions of Rattigan, but the present film (1929) is rather an eye opener. One standout scene is set within a cinema, partly a comment on the imminent and creatively burdensome coming of clunky sound, and which contains an extended eye opening use of editing, cutting about within an audience as the beady-eyed boy friend watches his victims - a bravura sequence which ought to be much better known to cineastes.
"A Cottage on Dartmoor" is a suspenseful and stylish silent movie about the very slight difference between tragedy and triumph. The movie starts on a cold day on the moors as Joe(Uno Henning) is making his escape from prison and towards Sally(Norah Baring) in an isolated farmhouse. In happier times, they worked together in a salon, she a manicurist and he a barber. While there, he had an unrequited crush on her until he finally got up the nerve to ask to her to the talkies but he drops the tickets. Regardless, she is still kind enough to invite him over for dinner at her boardinghouse.
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