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The Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire financial straits. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen.
DIE FINANZEN DES GROSSHERZOGS is a great film with a big, strange visual scope. It all plays rather effortlessly, but the underlying ideas are vast. Money, politics, the ethics of grace under pressure, and many mysterious, immense compositions.
An often overlooked film. Alfred Abel shines, and the cinematography of Karl Freund is terrific. The audio commentary is the true gem of this dvd.
I wasn't very interested in the story but the visuals were ahead of its time without a doubt.
(3.5 / 5)
arancione e verde
not so splendid, a 6/10
my review here: http://mubi.com/reviews/23905
[Cinémathèque PT #463: 35 mm] (2007)