Elvis Presley gives an effective, understated performance in this remake of the 1937 Edward G. Robinson-Bette Davis Warner Brothers classic. He plays a young man with aspirations to become an auto mechanic who gets pulled into a successful career as a boxer. This was one of the few opportunities Presley was given to do some serious acting, and it's a shame that his film career descended into frivolous musical "comedies" for the next seven years. There are only four songs…
This Italian film tries hard to achieve a "mysterious" vibe, but it doesn't try nearly hard enough. Somehow American actor John Drew Barrymore found himself playing a supporting role in the film, to no particular advantage. A group of young people spend the night in an elegant castle, and various cast members end up dead. it's all a big yawn. Mr. Barrymore leaves during the first half. Good move.
Joan Crawford achieved major stardom with her portrayal of "Dangerous" Diana Medford, the wild jazz age flapper with the decent, honest heart, in this silent classic. Miss Crawford's dancing may not hold up very well for some modern viewers, but she gives a solid dramatic performance, dressed in high fashion and existing in an Art Deco fantasy world. The film was made during the last days of the silents and has a musical soundtrack that includes a few lines of…
I hereby predict that this very strange little movie will become a cult phenomenon with all of its faithful devotees dressing up in white sheets whenever they venture out to see it.
Quiet, introspective, exercise in existential angst. And, dare I say it, haunting. Well worth seeing, if, for no other reason, that there is simply nothing else like it.