Von Stoheim's directorial debut was this strong melodrama concerning an Austrian officer wooing an American doctor's wife under his nose at an alpine village. Performances are somewhat standard for the time period with Billington capturing the role of neglected wife quite well. Mountain climbing finale well executed. Worth a watch to see the genesis of his further career.
A suspenseful struggle between devotion & betrayal, forgiveness & revenge, lust & love; In the time when dailiness made path for the immoral men,lurking the married women on the pretext of saving them from their unsatisfactory marriages. In the meantime the devotion of one woman astonished an ill-sighted lieutenant, as well as her own over-occupied physician husband.
Guileless melodrama with a simplistic plot.
Being for the most part unfamiliar with films of this vintage, I'm glad that Mubi puts them in the rotation.It's probably pretty much impossible for a modern viewer to really connect with the simplistic, melodramatic narrative of Blind Husbands, but it was fascinating to see how, in this period, suspense, in an alpine setting no less, was handled. Enjoyable, overall.
If you enter the rythm of the movie, if you trespass our contemporary ADD, our hurry, and stress, if you look closely to the scenes and characters, you will be amazed. There are moments in the movies, when the characters are complete and exposed feelings, or fears, or thoughts. There are moments in which the scene sucks you inside and you cannot stop sharing the life ans shivers of those moments. --Lorenzo Canina
Une extraordinaire interprétation d'Erich von Stroheim en lascif séducteur galonné, aux mimiques suggestives, salaces et concupiscents, maîtrisant parfaitement son personnage et sa réalisation, pour nous offrir un vrai bonheur cinématographique, d'une prodigieuse et constante acuité psychologique... www.cinefiches.com
Conținutul stă în picioare; ingratitudinea generală declanșează conflictul. Doctorul îmi pare ca omul care cunoaște legile naturii; locotenentul îl contrastează pe doctor, fiind atras de plăcerile lumești. Obiectivul reprezentat de natural, de copii, cuplul 2 și Sepp reglează conflictul. Personajele principale, bărbații și femeia, sunt „judecați după merite”. Filmul trece puțin de „decent”, deci 2-3.
Von Stroheim's films stand out for me in the silent era for being very perverse and earthy. His debut established this quality and it makes him unique in what I've always viewed as a very pure era for cinema.