35mm. Before Renoir's "La Régle du Jeu," a similar hierarchical disposition in a country house's social architectural categories, by the arrogance of a dominating class and the distraction of a dominated class in formative minutiae. The camera overviews and details the mistakes and lies, staging and composing with the actors a game's ("jeu") relation. An example of an accurate découpage made by narrative units.
honestly it was kind of shocking for me to see john gilbert in a role like this though i knew the backstory of how it got made. comparisons to red-headed woman are very apt...but this is darker, more nuanced...as a sort of "last gasp of a cad" type of movie it also reminded me of the private life of don juan starring doug fairbanks, released one year later. anyway...i miss john gilbert
An amazing film. Unfortunately, the great Gilberts last truly mesmerizing performance. What a shame he was tossed aside for Clark Gable, who began getting a lot of roles he shouldve played, and wouldve been wonderful in. MGM really fucked this guy over. They also did a number on Judy Garland. Louis B Mayer is rotting in hell Im sure. Great film though, and one to see for one of the truly great performances. 5 stars
It's "Gosford Park" crossed with "Red-Headed Woman", and--most importantly--it's the vindication of John Gilbert. An excellent portrayal of what must be the unsympathetic main character of the era...but with no mugging, no accents, no squeaky voice, and no silent-era gesturing. In two years this talented guy would be dead. He is very much on my radar now...and he should be on yours.