Fun Size Review: The Burning Crucible

Do you like detective stories? Do you like quirky comedy? Do you like really, really, really quirky comedy? Then this is the movie for you!

It’s all about a detective called Z (Ivan Mosjoukine) who is hired to return a wife’s affections to her husband. Chaos ensues because every single character in the film is 100% nuts. This forgotten comedy charms the socks off everyone who sees it, even viewers who don’t normally cotton to foreign fare.

You can read my full-length review here.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The wife falls for Z (who wouldn’t) and the husband, realizing the situation is hopeless, leaves the country.

If it were a dessert it would be:

Fried Ice Cream. Decadent, counter-intuitive and addictive.

Availability: The Burning Crucible is available on DVD as part of the Russian Emigres in Paris box set. This is a must-buy for silent film fans.