This man is my hero. I just saw a documentary about him on TCM and I could not stop watching. He spent his life trying to keep old films from being lost forever. Every lover of film should bow down to this man. I recommand this film to you all. It has so many famous directors coming to his aid when he was in trouble. Seeing Trauffut and Godard together stand up for him in a massive crowd was a sight to see. He even built a museum for film but sadly it is closed. In the museum he had a set piece from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari that you could walk through and he had the robot suit from Metropolis to name a few. I could go on about how great this film is....
I thought it was very well done. I was surprised at some parts that were a little sexual for that time period then I thought about it and I realized it was the pre-code era. After that I read the box and it said that they added 17 minutes of film that was edited out of it because of censoring and I laughed thinking that some things still in the pre-code era were censored. March was very good. I had a love/hate relationship with the makeup. Sometimes it reminded me of the Wolfman makeup and sometimes I thought yea that worked because he is very primal in nature. Out of the 3 versions of Stevenson's story that I have seen I still think that the 1920's version is the best, followed by this one, and then the one with Spencer Tracy.
I just saw The Uninvited (1944) and it was a pretty good feature that scared the crap out of me. The atmosphere of the film was haunting and was Oscar nominated for cinematography. It reminded me a lot of The Innocents, which is based on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, with its being in a house and having that claustraphobic feel to it. I like The Innocents more because it had a better narrative. It also had elements of The Others, which is a 'remake' of The Innocents, The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), and Rebecca.
I conclude that old black-n-white ghost stories put onto film scare the crap out of me.
[left]I was surprised by John Barrymore amazing acting ability in this film. I say him in some films from the 30s but not during his silent era and now I will be on the lookout for more of his from that era. My favorite Dr. Jekyll version (even though I still have to see the 1931 version). [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img]