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110 Ratings


Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
United States, 1929


Stage director Rouben Mamoulian jolted the (at the time) moribund sound-film industry with innovative sound experiments and revolutionary camera techniques with his electrifying feature-film debut Applause.

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Applause Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1929 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Film Series

National Film Preservation Board

2006 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Though the performances tend to bray toward the balcony, Morgan whips up a mighty storm of clashing passions. Mamoulian’s roving, eye-catching camerawork joins the dishevelment and grime of poverty to the sordid, lecherous leers of the men who fill the seats and haunt the corridors. The subject of the film is unrelenting and unredressed sexual harassment; it’s a drama of the male gaze, which, in Mamoulian’s vision, turns actresses’ performances into joyless and desperate acts of self-sacrifice.
November 05, 2014
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