Reginald Barker

S.: dal romanzo omonimo di Mary Roberts Rinehart. F.: Percy Hilburn. In.: W. Lawson Butt, Clarissa Selwynne, Rowland V. Lee, Castleton Barbara, Ann Forest, Stanton Heck, Frank Leigh, H. Milton Ross, Edward McWade, Pauline Starke, Grassby Bertram, Florence Desbon. 35mm. L.: 1450m. D.: 75’ a 18 f/s.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes


The thing that Baker makes the most of is plot complexity. He manages to make it almost plausible by finding the right atmosphere for every scene and then playing with the contrasts created. Suddenly, he completely immerses us in Hollywood kitsch. But he is just as convincing when he shows the factory work scenes, especially the one on Audrey Valentine. No style seems unknown to him. He is even at home with sentimental comedy (scenes between Anna and Graham in the office) and unbridled melodrama (the punishment inflicted by Herman upon his daughter, of which unfortunately only the beginning remains, that is reminiscent of Stroheim or Broken Blossoms).

Jean Marie Buchet

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