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Variety / Vaudeville / Variete


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  Variety  / Vaudeville / Variete Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
 
Average Rating
7.17 /10
 
Starring
Emil Jannings, Lya de Putti, Maly Delschaft
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Directed by: Ewald Andre Dupont (Pictured)
Written by: Ewald Andre Dupont

 
 
 
Released: 1925
   
Genre: DRAMA
SILENT
IMPORTANT
CONTROVERSIAL
   
Origin: Germany
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 104
 
 


 
An aging trapeze artist (Emil Jannings) suffers an accident and becomes manager of a cheap sideshow of dancing girls. Though married, he becomes infatuated with an orphaned dancer (Lya de Putti), whom he trains to be a trapeze performer.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Heavily censored on release, this movie omitted all mention of the anti-hero’s previous wife and family and began with him already married to the dancing girl. As so often with silents, the story now looks highly melodramatic, especially as it descends into a maelstrom of sexual jealousy. The director had himself been the manager of a vaudeville theatre, however, and puts his inside knowledge to good use. The swirling, impressionistic camerawork was ahead of its time, and much imitated.


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