Perfectly just-restrained delirium and a big, saucy vaudeville wink to the audience. I grinned the whole way through. Gorgeous, if mischievous, expressionist sets; capers, and well-timed hilarity; glorious edits, clever one-liners. And Rischka's dream was as wonderfully fevered as anything by Guy Maddin. Charming, silly, stylish and funny. And sweet. Made me happy.
A grotesque in four acts. Early silent from Lubitsch isn't consistently funny but does entertain at times with clever set designs and an undertone of naughtiness. Most entertaining is just how hideous our Lothario is in this film (Paul Heidemann). This is what passes as irresistible to women?
I dare anyone but Guy Madden to try to make something this good in the age of fantasy fx films. This world is Sweet, Racy, and Imaginative... Did I say stylish. Ode to the Dr. Caligarian mischief of this vintage, every bit as good and maybe more difficult because it is sweet. Dark is easy.