Opening on a very attractive model of the walled city and then cutting to expressionist sequences capturing the temple mysteries, consisting of homosexual dancers. In a lengthy very overt invocation of a gay orgy, the camera lingers over naked male flesh and clinging bodies in ways that seem improbable for 1933, but this is before the Hayes Code banned homosexuality from the screen. —UbuWeb
Dr. James Sibley Watson, Jr. (August 10, 1894 – March 31, 1982) was a Rochester, New York, medical doctor, philanthropist, publisher, editor, and early experimenter in motion pictures.
Born in New York, Dr. James Sibley Watson, Jr. was an heir to the Western Union telegraph fortune created by Hiram Sibley and Don Alonzo Watson. He graduated from Harvard in 1916, although he is listed as a member of the class of 1917, where he became friends with poet E. E. Cummings. Watson and his first wife, Hildegarde Lasell Watson, were lifelong supporters of Cummings, as well as of Marianne Moore and Kenneth Burke.
In addition to earning a medical degree, Watson became directly involved in the literary movements of the post-World War I era with another Harvard graduate, Scofield Thayer, who had purchased $600 worth of stock in the influential literary magazine, The Dial, in 1918. In 1919, Thayer invited Watson to purchase ownership of The Dial from the financially strapped Martyn Johnson… read more
Melville Webber was born in July of 1871 in Massachusetts. Webber was much older than his partner, Watson. Both were college professors from Rochester, New York and were good friends. As professors, they both studied film together while teaching in New York. Melville Webber died in 1947 at 76 years old. Melville directed Rhythm in Light in 1934, and it was another one of Melville’s great films. Along with The Fall of the House of Usher, a great film that they both directed was Lot in Sodom in 1933 and was black and white and 14 minutes in length. —essayette.com