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This 38-minute short isn't much as a story -- just a sketchy melodrama about two pretty sisters whose lives go astray after a pale, thin creep seduces them both. But never mind the plot -- this is another of those innovative Russian silents where the virtuoso, rapid-fire editing is enough of a lure on its own. There are no title cards, but you won't miss them. What I did miss was an effective score -- the version I saw had a contemporary, avant-jazz soundtrack that clashed with the images more than complementing them.
Ground breaking silent era film. The excellent use of montage communicates the inner feelings of the characters, without having to resort to intertitles. The subject matter is also intense, or at least it was for the time.
A melodramatic story of jealousy, lost innocence, and reconciliation between two orphaned sisters in the city gets the city symphony/The Man With the Movie Camera treatment. The whole "story" is told in montage instead of intertitles in periods of rapid cutting/dissolves and stillness. The jarring elliptical narrative and use of handheld camera are very impressive. The experimental score is bold as the visuals.
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