Director Maurice Tourneur’s technical virtuosity has never had a better showcase… it’s a shame that the story is trite, twee and basically advocates death before upward mobility. Oh well, we can’t have everything.
But good heavens, is it gorgeous! The sets, costumes, special effects and color tinting create a gorgeous fantasy world unlike anything else in the silent era. Worth a look just for the wow factor.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
In a stunning plot twist, our characters learn that happiness comes from within and you shouldn’t sweat a terminal disease because it will just make you un-jolly and we wouldn’t want that!
If it were a dessert it would be: Lucky Charms Cheesecake. Sweet! Colorful! Sweet! Sweet! Pretty! Sweeeeeeeeeeet! (I’m gonna be ill…)
Read my full-length review here. I also cover the 1940 Shirley Temple version and the 1976 Soviet/American co-production with Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda.
Availability: Released on DVD by Kino but if ever a silent film needed Bluray to be appreciated, this is it. (Hint, hint.)
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