The Crowd ★★½

Visually spectacular, and buoyed by strong performances from its two leads, I nevertheless am not sure what to make of this film. The two protagonists are charming, but darkly unlikable, and I'm not certain if this is intentional or not. Likewise, I can't really tell if this is a simpering "love conquers all" morality play, or a sneaky indictment of the evils of capitalism (a lot of the imagery recalls Lang's Metropolis, which, given the production dates, is probably coincidental, but it could nevertheless indicate that Vidor's head was in the same place as Lang's). I guess the fact that I've given it this much thought makes it an interesting film, at the very least. I dunno. May have to revisit.

But man, late silent movies were gorgeous.

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