Mary Poppins Returns
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As this extravagant, wickedly ironic 1928 melodrama shows, Erich von Stroheim was not only a supreme (if typecast) actor but one of the greatest silent-era directors.
One of the most eccentric and fascinating vanity projects in the history of film.
Because of what they are called upon to do and not because of the performances of the players the characters are not much more human than a troupe of Robots.
It is the love scenes, played beneath shimmering apple blossoms in lyrical soft focus, that stick in the memory, ironically turning what is now the film's ending into one of the director's most bitterly pessimistic scenes.
Even minor Stroheim is considerably better than most other filmmakers' major work.
An astonishing portrait of decadent Imperial Austria that's one of the greatest of all silent films, even in its butchered extant version.
Some beautiful cinematography distracts from the dramatic inadequacies, but it's not the best product of its time.
another epic from the mad genius von stroheim, who seems to like to cast himself as a dashing ladies' man. this film comes in at under 2 hours, which surprised me til i learned it was split in two parts, the second called 'the honeymoon'. sadly, the second half has been lost but what remains is the charming tale of a hapsburg prince who loves the ladies, especially a beautiful peasant played by fay wray. however the prince is a wastrel and his aristocratic parents are broke so they give him a choice: marry money or shoot himself! this is on internet archive, with some scenes in early technicolor
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