Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett– both best remembered for their unabashedly heroic roles– take a dip into some very dark waters with this Parisian drama. It’s all about an innocent young couple who are separated and slip into lives of crime, degradation, depression and hatred.
If it sounds depressing and unpleasant, it is. However, it is also skillfully made (the gloom and decay are gloriously shot and the lighting is splendid) and Bennett’s acting is a revelation.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Novarro scorns Bennett but repents when she gets shot saving him from the police. He allows himself to be arrested and sent to prison, she goes to a convent to recover and both reunite later to begin a new life together.
If it were a dessert it would be: Bitter Orange Creme Brulee. Not for kids and not exactly sweet but certainly worth your time.
Availability: Released to DVD by Warner Archive with an absolutely superb score.
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