Variety ★★★★

Emotional rollercoaster, sledgehammer-blunt and sledgehammer-effective, reminded me a bit of Greed in its depiction of a guy who maybe is a little slow, but who grabs hold of an idea and won't let it go. Two breathtaking setpieces - the wedding banquet (probably an influence on Browning for Freaks -- and it has spider-walk dancing!) and the trapeze sequence in Act Three.

Performance styles might interfere with some people's enjoyment; the expressionist mannerisms, when left unchecked, can be ridiculously over-determined (like f'rinstance that lust-face that guys use whenever they're digging another person's action, here and in Joyless Street.)

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