July 26, 2015

The Outlaw and His Wife

Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru, 1918 [Kino edition, Torbjorn Iwan Lundquist score]. A woman runs off with a man driven to theft by poverty.

Directed by Victor Sjöström. Written by Sjöström, & Sam Ask, based on a play by Jóhann Sigurjónsson. Starring Sjöström, & Edith Erastoff, with John Ekman, & Nils Aréhn.

Concept: C
Story: C
Characters: F
Dialog: Possibly the most dialog-heavy silent film I've seen. There's almost more reading than watching. And it's really awful dialog. F
Pacing: It's clearly projected at the wrong speed; it's like watching a movie in fast-forward. D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: C
Music: B
Enjoyment: It's operatic, in the way that people do grandly dramatic things for no explicable reason. C

GPA: 1.8/4

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