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.
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.
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.