The Hearts of Age (1934)





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A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the same door and walk down the same stairs: a shabby man, a cop, and, several times, the same dandy. The man in blackface hangs himself; the dandy continues to smile. A bell tolls, a grave beckons. In the dark, the dandy plays the piano. Is he Death?
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Early Welles, with some blooming indications of genius in the film's lyricism. However, I couldn't tell at the time if it was surrealism or just damned confusing. I have since learned it was Welles making fun of surrealism, which explains the silliness. The blackface is most regrettable.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Orson Welles' first film. A short that answered to the styles that were in vogue those days, particularly to Buñuel and Cocteau. Vague but interesting.

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