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The Great Gabbo

USA, 1929
Drama, Musical, Liebesfilm

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An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

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The Great Gabbo Regie James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim


Stroheim is better-cast here than in any other sound film—including GRAND ILLUSION—because his real strength isn’t aristocratic elegance, but pretentious disdain: He spends the entire movie looking like he’s offended by the lives of everyone around him. In GABBO, Stroheim plays a self-important ventriloquist slowly growing crazy; and, in a way, his madness becomes our madness as his subtly lurid story becomes increasingly marginalized by the song-and-dance scenes featuring minor characters.
March 06, 2009
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  • chanandre's rating of the film The Great Gabbo

    "We only take out of life what we put into it.">in 2017 this sounds like a Tumblr/Facebook quote. Yet, that doesn't mean it doesn't actually contain truth within. It does. I thought he'd off himself. Instead he 'merely' walked away from it all. The Great Gabbo>He Great Gabbo>Eat Gabbo>Ho(bo?). Those surrealistic spider webs sets reminded me of Wiene's/Warm's sets and those musical numbers would make Busby so jealous.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Great Gabbo

    35mm. A film limited by the technical conditions of the period in which it was produced, the beginnings of talkies, which, although it possesses in potency an additive history of madness, fails to obtain it, although the final, clearly forced, try to give the corresponding images to the state of a psychotic interiority. Stroheim is what matters most, but the film was not co-directed by him, contrary to what appears.

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