From everything I've seen, Coney Island really WAS that crazy (with floors that moved all around, knocking people over; people were much more carefree about the "thrill rides" of the times).
Yin of The Crowd. Looks like today's independent movies. May have provided inspiration for Before Sunrise, La Science des Rêves etc. I like very much.
The dialogue in Paul Fejos' semi-silent LONESOME may seem cheesy by today's standards, but this long unavailable early sound era triumph about two single working stiffs who find each other for one glorious night in New York, is a swooningly romantic masterpiece. From the gorgeous color elements to the early sound scenes retooled for audiences demanding sound, this experimental mix of styles hits the spot.
A charming little film of great warmth and energy, with some fine performances from Barbara Kent and Glenn Tryon. The film might be too energetic, though, it gets borderline frantic at times -- was Coney Island really that crazy?
I beautiful story and great piece of early cinema thats finally been unearthed. Unfortunatly, the version I saw had some really crappy redone soundtrack that sounded like a guitar going through garageband, so I had tp supply my own. It even played over the quick dialogue parts. I'll be very pleased to pick up the big Fejos-lovin' Criterion set though
So glad I finally found a copy of this one! This is only 70 minutes but I will never forget any second of it. I don't know much about Fejos works but I'll try to watch more of his stuff very soon. Late 20's cinema always will be my favorite era and this is one of the greatest films of the period. Fantastic movie! 5 stars easily.