i loved every time of what it's there without zero second-guessing.
Has anyone ever been as drunk on cinema as Stroheim here? Daring in so many ways, this was almost certainly a profound masterpiece in its original form, but the "skeleton" that remains begs a bit of research and a dose of imagination in order to conjure that vision. Plenty of great filmmaking is intact, but the film as it exists now defies full appreciation under casual viewing.
There's some really fantastic filmmaking here. That's what I love about the silents, such a wide ground for brewing up these very dreamy and deep worlds in ways that even the best (and most illusory) CGI still cannot compare to this day. It's a disgrace von Stroheim's films suffered butchery the way they had, as we my have maintained a greater degree of appreciation for such rich, sprawling pieces to this day.
Overlong but never boring third film from Von Stroheim. A trio of Russian shysters posing as nobility in Monte Carlo pick an American couple as their next cover/conquest with disastrous results. Von Stroheim's performance as Count Karamzin is quite affecting as is his visual sense as a filmmaker well captured here by dp(s) Daniels and Reynolds. An interesting curio.
It's the acting in Stroheim's films which really impresses me. He captures these subtle and intimate gestures and exchanges between his characters. It totally dispels the erroneous idea that somehow silent film acting was over the top.