This is an impressive silent both for its rhythm and the appealing characters as well as for its dynamic technique. The latter is not only evident in the influence of Soviet montage (there are gorgeous superimpositions on factory work) but also in the density and movement inserted in the shots, mainly those of casual crowds at the beach or the amusement park. Loneliness and the joy of reuniting are palpably felt.
35mm, rewatched. In relation to this urban symphony, a superior moment of a cinema still structurally silent, even if with music, sounds and some sonorized dialogues, whose beginning is what there is of more "Metropolis" after the homonym film - in fictional cinema, otherwise i have to add Paul Strand's "Manhatta" - i will be synthetic, but superlative absolute: remarkable (in portuguese, notabilíssimo).
A masterpiece of silent film, and film in general. From the beautiful camerawork, the on location shooting, hand painted color sequences, and capturing the hustle and bustle of big city life that really no other film comes close to, Fejos was unparalleled here. This was his Kane, arresting from the first frame to the end. Sure, some will complain of the sound footage inserted, but it doesnt detract. Essential.
Granted, this is a sweet and bubbly romance (the type I don't usually like), but I completely fell in love with the sincerity and the frantic and exhausting energy. Tryon is adorable and charming, and the way the screen is overwhelmed by the huge frolicking crowds and the overlapping of images is wonderful (the roller coaster ride!). During a little amount of time, Fejös makes the viewer care about the characters.
Save for some awkward talking scenes shoehorned in from studio pressure, the film is exuberant throughout. The film showcases an artistic use of both sound and color rather than a literalization of the image that gives it a timeless energy. The biggest surprise was the great and stunningly sincere performances (again, save the talking bits). This movie could only be made in 1928, and for all of the best reasons.
I beautiful story and great piece of early cinema thats finally been unearthed. Unfortunatly, the version I saw had some really crappy redone soundtrack that sounded like a guitar going through garageband, so I had tp supply my own. It even played over the quick dialogue parts. I'll be very pleased to pick up the big Fejos-lovin' Criterion set though
The dialogue in Paul Fejos' semi-silent LONESOME may seem cheesy by today's standards, but this long unavailable early sound era triumph about two single working stiffs who find each other for one glorious night in New York, is a swooningly romantic masterpiece. From the gorgeous color elements to the early sound scenes retooled for audiences demanding sound, this experimental mix of styles hits the spot.