Simply wonderful, one of the most shamefully neglected films of the 30's. The first scene is the film in microcosm: skilfully alternating the tone between satire and horror. Latter, genuinely eerie romance is added. Barrymore, Fletcher and Marsh are all wonderful, and the filmmaking is frequently fluid and imaginative. A must-see genre bender with a heartbreaking conclusion.
A beautiful cross section between German Expressionism and 1930s horror flicks! There is some weird shit in this one! John Barrymore gives a hellish performance as this creep of a composer. I mean, seriously, what the fuck is charming about this dude? Why would anyone be in the same room with him? But anyway, I wasn't expecting to love this movie... at all!