Specter of the Rose (1946)





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Writer/director Ben Hecht brings "art" to the artless environs of Republic Pictures in the one-of-a-kind melodrama Spectre of the Rose. The film is set in the rarefied world of the Ballet, featuring a curious blend of ballet artists and veteran Hollywood character actors. Ivan Kirov plays Andre Sanine, a dancer who goes insane every time he hears the music for "Spectre de la Rose". Ballerina Haidi (Violet Kessen), convinced that she can cure Andre of his mental aberration, marries him, despite rumors that he has murdered his first wife. All goes well until Andre is once more compelled to perform "Spectre de la Rose"?and then??Ivan Kirov and Violet Kessen are far more accomplished as dancers than as actors, though Kirov is slightly better than his costar. More at home in the histrionics deparment are Judith Anderson as a patroness of the arts, Michael Chekhov as an apoplectic dance impresario, and Lionel Stander as a Greenwich village poet--all quite adept at mouthing Ben Hecht's eloquent witticisms, of which there are dozens. Spectre of the Rose clearly wasn't designed to please everyone; lovers of the ballet and Hecht aficionados will probably best appreciate the film.
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Judith Anderson
as La Belle Sylph
Michael Chekhov
as Max Polikoff
Ivan Kirov
as Andre Sanine
Viola Essen
as Heidi
Lionel Stander
as Lionel Gans
Charles "Red" Marshall
as Specs McFarlan
George Shadnoff
as Kropotkin
Billy Gray
as Jack James
Lew Hearn
as Mr. Lyons
Ferike Boros
as Mamochka
as Alexis
Polly Rose
as Olga
Jim Moran
as Jimmy
Frieda Filer
as Dancer
Miriam Golden
as Dancer
Grace Mann
as Dancer
Allan Cooke
as Dancer
Alice Cavers
as Dancer
Nina Haven
as Dancer
John Stanley
as Dancer
Arleen Claire
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Specter of the Rose

All Critics (2)

Cynical serio-comic ballet melodrama that distinguishes itself by its brilliant dialogue.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A deeply strange, visually striking, dramatically dull film.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Specter of the Rose


Well it's different that for sure. A psychological drama set within a small dance troupe it has the advantage of some top grade talent, Judith Anderson and Michael Chekhov for starters, for such a low budget enterprise. Some fine dancing.

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