Baruch decides to leave the shtetl and pursue his dream of becoming an actor in Vienna, breaking his mother and father’s hearts in the process. His attempts to blend in and build a career are both helped and hindered by an all-too-helpful Austrian noblewoman…Continue reading “The Ancient Law (1923) A Silent Film Review”
Without a doubt, this is one of the most anticipated silent film releases of the year. The Murnau Stiftung has restored a German classic, a film that has been universally praised since its was first unveiled in 1925. And then there is the little matter of the music…
Jealousy, madness, murder, trapeze acts. Welcome to E.A. Dupont’s stylish melodrama, famous for unchaining its camera and allowing the audience to leap and spin with the acrobats.
Director E.A. Dupont’s flashy tale of revenge, jealousy and murder made the entire world go mad for the unchained camera (courtesy of cinematographer Karl Freund) and the intense performance of Emil Jannings. Sliced to ribbons by the censors upon its initial release, Variety has recently been restored to more or less complete form.
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