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When the Clouds Roll By
The comfortable and amiable Daniel Boone Brown, a resident of New York's water front, becomes the victim of a mad scientist's psychological experiments. For days, Dr. Ulrich Metz messes up Daniel's life, bringing on failing health, restless sleep, a nervous and irritable disposition, tardiness for work, and superstitions that cause worry and fear. Several months into the ordeal, one of Metz's minions, hired as Daniel's livery, feeds him a midnight snack of spring onions, lobster, Welsh rarebit and mince pie. We see the contents of his stomach causing pain and distress; then he has vivid and surreal nightmares. Will Metz succeed in driving Daniel to suicide?
Victor Fleming's directorial debut. This is one of Douglas Fairbanks' best films before he swashed and buckled. A wildly inventive surreal comedy with many interesting trick shots, Fairbanks plays a superstitious young man who is unknowingly the subject of a scientific experiment, as the doctor who lives across the hall is testing his theory that psychological upheaval can be enough to drive a man to suicide.
Mental stress briefly thwarts the happiness of Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; perseverance, a positive outlook, abundant energy, and a big smile enable him to overcome all his difficulties. All-American boy Fairbanks was never thwarted for long. Learn more about this film at ObscureHollywood.
Provavelmente uma das melhores comédias de todos os tempos.
A surreal Douglas Fairbanks comedy. The trick shot where Fairbanks walks up the wall across the ceiling and down the wall was only bettered in the 1950's when Fred Astaire did the same thing, however Astaire wasn't being pursued by his dinner at the time, you really have to see this film to believe it! The dam burst and subsequent flood at the end of the film seems rather over the top and out of keeping with the rest of the film, but is pretty spectacular. A bizarre film one of Fairbanks best pre-swashbucklers!
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Before Douglas Fairbanks was a swashbuckler – a transformation that took place with The Mark of Zorro – he was America’s favourite everyman, starring in a series of exuberant romantic comedies that showed off his never-say-die persona, physical prowess and great big smile, and made him one of the most bankable stars on the planet. When the Clouds Roll By is regarded by fans as his best contemporary comedy. It’s the first I’ve seen, but it’s an absolute gem, with passages of dazzling cinematic invention – several of which seem to have influenced Buster Keaton – along with knockout stuntwork and an atmosphere of artistry that extends to intertitle cards decorated with sumptuous paintings, all serving a slightly dubious story…
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