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3.8
6 Ratings

Scaramouche

Directed by Rex Ingram
United States, 1923
Silent

Synopsis

A law student becomes an outlaw French revolutionary when he decides to avenge the unjust killing of his friend. To get close to the aristocrat who has killed his friend the student adopts the identity of Scaramouche the clown.

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Scaramouche Directed by Rex Ingram

Critics reviews

Ingram only does one really weird cutaway in SCARAMOUCHE, but it’s right at the climax — the hero rescues his family from the Reign of Terror, and we cut to a huge closeup of an ugly guy flickering his eyelids in a repulsive parody of feminine emotion. An extraordinary thing to insert during your tale’s emotional climax, expressing either humorous contempt for the material or some kind of urge to set the sublime in stark contrast with the ridiculous.
November 14, 2016
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The visual evocation of the eighteenth century in Scaramouche has never been surpassed. It has been equalled only twice, by Mitchell Leisen in Kitty (1945) and Stanley Kubrick in Barry Lyndon (1975).
September 07, 2015
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