4-5. Holy Hell; how do you even approach a movie as talked up as this one with a fresh review? It's beaming with warm poeticism, and gorgeous shots. What starts as a tale of murderous, conflicted temptation morphs into a warm reverie of affection and marital rebirth. The film's use of location is pitch-perfect, transforming an 'other'd city into a vivacious hub where love blossoms anew. I absolutely loved it.
Re-rating this (still a 5) after seeing it on 35 at Film Forum. Not everything in it works, but the peaks are close to godliness. Murnau excels at creating an anywhere-yet-nowhere world, and if you think the plot is too close to Griffith-style moralizing against modern life, consider that the husband and wife fall back in love when they sample the "sinful" city. Bonus points for a close up of a drunken pig.
Mi-au plăcut câteva cadre expresive și posturile conotative ale personajelor, firul romantic reglat de elementele „clasice” și nevasta în particular. E notabil paralelismul dintre (un) cadru urban și (un) cadru rural, dar și prezența naturalului și ușoara superficialitate a filmului în ansamblu. Concluzie: 2-3
An absolute cinematic masterpiece and a pinnacle of visual storytelling. It works perfectly as a technical and artistic showcase for F.W. Murnau's talents. There are not many titles and IMO there could be even less, yet the movie gets its points across, just through raw emotion and atmosphere. Featuring one of the first permanent soundtracks and a "flying" camera, this film has remained an experience 90 years later.
The original sex thriller! A picture with everything: murder, lust, revenge, love, gags, violence, twists, melodrama, smoking, flashbacks, dream sequences, guyliner, fantastic special effects, stunning cinematography, and a sensational story that no doubt Joe Eszterhas once oiled his typewriter to. A silent film for modern audiences.