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  1. Monkey Flix's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    The first two-thirds of this heap is a massively hokey melodrama skidding toward unwatchability, but then it really jumps the iguana in the dream sequence! Just turn it off and go watch something on Netflix.

  2. Loz Loory's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    Men as a species don't come off so well in this film. The dog was good. Great slo-mo shot of her running away from the hanged man in the dream sequence. The title cards were quite witty--were the French originals were like that before translation? Loved the phrase "vague vegetables." Great setting on the canal. In New Jersey it's peaceful to walk the remaining towpaths for the Morris Canal. Definitely a slower era.

  3. Nick Potter's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    Solid and fascinating first directorial effort from Renoir that shows just where his human interactions would go as his career progressed.

  4. Samuel Wells's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    The film feels old, which for many films of this era can be excused. But the way in which this film feels old is that has reached the point of feeling cliched, too much of its affectations have seeped into the pop culture portrayal of films of this time. So though it may have been brilliantly formed, as Renoir is want to do, the film feels inescapably dry. It does not stand up well to the test of time.

  5. Honeychurch's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    Silent film dream sequences may be the best dream sequences. the visual effects!!

  6. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    (3.5 stars) Pretty solid first effort by Renoir. Silent film that tells a bit of a heartbreaking story. Pretty strong visual storytelling. Good camera setups. Kind of a nice example of a good director shaping a medium to his desire. Very enjoyable.

  7. SpacePirate's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    The dream sequence was excellent, as was some other visuals throughout. My only critique would be the story is a bit weak and some of the actors aren't up to par. Renoir was still getting his feet wet, but we are treated here to an early glimpse into the mind of a master. Must see silent cinema, if not one of the most impressive in the era. 3 stars

  8. Kevin's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    Renoir’s “Whirlpool of Fate’s” predates Cocteau by ten or so years. Watch the nightmare sequence and see the same movement, above the girl and across a wall, it was like watching Orpheus on his way to the underworld, but without pretension, more of accent you are not drawn to, so ahead of its time. If a CGI film loses its charm after CGI changes, this film is almost a hundred. It loses nothing by time’s passage.

  9. El Biffo's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    I just really loved the dream sequence. One of the greatest things about Silent Cinema!

  10. matelot's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    La seq. del sogno è molto bella

  11. FISCHER's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    Une étonnante scène de rêve ! www.cinefiches.com

  12. _Lilith_'s rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

  13. Lefteris Becerra's rating of the film Whirlpool of Fate

    amazing firsts steps of who was to become a cinema giant!