Cinematography by Lee Garmes. "Desire" list: Gary Cooper, once more (but also a praise for Sylvia Sidney). " (...) None but would subordinate you, I only am he who will/never consent to subordinate you,/I only am he who places over you no master, owner, better,/God, beyond what waits intrinsically in yourself. (...) (Walt Whitman)
Powerful noir thanks to the beautiful cinematography from the great Lee Garmes (also "Scarface", Ophüls, Hitchcock etc) and the sweet editing (transitions are a pleasure for the eyes). Sidney and Cooper almost changed the roles on this script from Dashiell Hammet : she is dark and from the milieu, she goes to jail and call him "kid". He is innocent as can be, androgynous with too much make up, and they both shine !
Dos momentos me llaman la atención en este filme. Los intantes de silencio para cuando los amantes susurran frente al mar o para cuando una mujer mira al vacío pensativa mientras un águila artificial predice el peligro. Mamoulian tiene gestos fílmicamente atractivos, una orientación muy pronunciada en su ópera prima "Aplauso". En trama, atractivo cine gang de roces pasionales de logradas actuaciones y estereotipos.
This is a great movie by the underrated Mamoulian, written by Hammett, and shot by the great Lee Garmes. Add the divine Sylvia Sidney and a gorgeous Gary Cooper, and you have a beautiful pre-noir gangster film.
In about 80 minutes, this movie packs what modern gangster pictures take hours to show. Some of it may be a bit shallower, a bit more naive than others--like the gangsters in Sonatine, Gary Cooper plays the gangster as a child--but Hammett's cynicism unveils the treacheries in human interactions, especially when money is involved. (granted, this is an underworld picture, so generalizations may be inappropriate)