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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
9.13 /10
Janet Gaynor , George O'Brien, Margaret Livingston

Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Written by: Carl Meyer, from Hermann Sudermann's novel A Trip To Tilsitt

Released: 1927
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 117

A siren from the city (Margaret Livingston) seduces a young farmer (George O'Brien) into attempting to drown his wife (Janet Gaynor).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The film was based on a short story, and it shows - there isn't enough narrative, and the last two-thirds are just a lyrical evocation of a couple making up. It's lovely to look at, though, and the hero's spiritual passage from darkness into light is represented in images which are as startling today as they must have been in 1927. Karl Struss and Charles Rosher won Oscars for their expressionist cinematography; Rochas Gliese was nominated for his equally stylised art direction. The film was given a special Oscar, for being "a Unique and Artistic Picture", but it was more of a critical than a commercial success.

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