Fun Size Review: The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador

What a delight! Everything I love about French silent cinema (the style, the wit, the visuals) combined into one delightfully deranged package. We have attempted murder by poison, firearm and drowning, madness and the clever use of technology to track down the perpetrator.

Your enjoyment of this picture will depend on how much you love classic melodrama but I happen to enjoy the style and so Kador is pure awesomesauce. Plus, it is objectively gorgeous and its images will haunt you long after the story has ended.

Never attend a tea party in a Leonce Perret picture.
Never attend a tea party in a Leonce Perret picture.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

All the good people recover and the miscreant is brought to justice but getting there is all the fun.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Petit Fours. An elegant little trifle that may be old-fashioned but continues to impress. Cyanide optional.

Availability: Released on DVD has part of the Gaumont Treasures box set. I cannot recommend this box highly enough, by the way. Absolutely essential viewing.

 

2 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador”

  1. The picture at the top is so beautiful and love the tint. How many silent films have you seen? Oh and I was wondering do you ever think they will bring the13 episode series on Hollywood. I have the VHS but I guess too many people are needed to give permission etc…

    1. My understanding is that Hollywood is indeed being held up on DVD/Bluray due to licensing/copyright issues, which is a darn shame. I’m not sure how many silents I have seen. I have reviewed over 250 here but I don’t review everything I see. Thousands, I think. (Granted, many are shorts)

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