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She [Import]

Helen Gahagan , Randolph Scott , Irving Pichel , Lansing C. Holden    Unrated   DVD
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Randolph Scott is his usual stiff but smiling self as Leo Vincey, the long-lost American heir to a British family legacy, sent by his estranged father to reclaim the legendary "Flame of Life," discovered five centuries ago by his explorer ancestor. Producer Merian C. Cooper, best known for directing King Kong, changes the locale of H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure from Africa to the Arctic (which, apart from a spectacular avalanche, looks positively stagebound), but he pulls out all stops for the magnificent underground kingdom hidden in the icy mountains, complete with a cavernous throne room with vaulted ceilings and a massive staircase that would look right at home in the Ziegfeld Follies. The cruel She Who Must Be Obeyed (Helen Gahagan) is a beautiful but icy queen driven ruthless by her centuries of loneliness. The film takes some time to get started but once She makes her impressive entrance through a mist-enshrouded arch, we're plunged into a dangerous, exotic world of strange ceremonies, human sacrifices, nefarious plots, and the gorgeous whirlwind of light that is the Flame of Life. Though the dialogue is often flat and uninspired and the performances by Scott and Gahagan rather arch (costars Nigel Bruce and Helen Mack fare much better), this grand adventure concludes with a rousing climax full of impressive set pieces and breathtaking effects. --Sean Axmaker


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2.0 out of 5 stars SHE SAW Feb. 13 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 1935 production of Rider Haggard's fantasy
about an immortal queen of a land hidden in the
Himalayas is, like the original KING KONG, an
interesting historical specimen of the stories,
the characters, the acting, and the technology
of the interbellum Golden Age of Hollywood.

The First Act is getting into the queendom.
The queen falls in love with a handsome member of
a scientific expedition that stumbles into the
mountain fastness, and decides to keep him as
consort. The Third Act is getting out, as earthquake
destroys it all like another climactic escape of Jame Bond.

Shangri-La evokes the primal myth of Eden.
KING KONG has a subtext about the id oppressed by
polite society. If there is more to SHE than
a Saturday matinee action serial, I missed it.

I remember Ursula Andress in a subsequent remake
that I must buy when its price comes down to a
ticket and bag of popcorn.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lots of style and spectacle Sept. 1 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
(this is the colourised but still 1935 version of the film)this movie
is very stunning visually.there is a lot of spectacle involved.the
movie is very stylish,but for me lacks much substance or depth.it does
get cheesy at times,breaking into weird dances that to me look
ridiculous,even absurd.i thought the acting was very good,and i think
the movie had a good moral at the end.i won't reveal what that is
here,but i will say it is even more relevant today.anyway,i certainly
didn't hate the movie,but i didn't love it either.it has its merits,and
also its drawbacks.i think She deserves a 3/5
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Legend Films and RKO Pictures present "SHE" (July 12, 1935) (95 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- "She," adapted from H. Rider Haggard's timeless tale, starring the imposing Helen Gahagan as She (Who-Must-Be-Obeyed), the eternally beautiful ruler of the lost kingdom of Kor --- Helen Gahagan, in her only film, is striking in her portrayal of She, a woman as tragic as she is blessed - to whom others' paltry, transient lives mean nothing --- Randolph Scott, as the direct descendent and physical embodiment of She's long dead lover, brings a believable good performance in a role that calls for top of his form energy. Nigel Bruce is very fine, as usual, this time playing the scholarly friend accompanying Scott on the search for The Flame --- Helen Mack is well cast as the young lady who finds herself caught up in the adventure --- The only film appearance of Gahagan, a noted stage and opera star who later entered the political arena as Helen Gahagan Douglas --- "She" represents Depression Era escapism at its very peak.

Under Lansing C. Holden (Director), Irving Pichel (Director), Merian C. Cooper (Producer), H. Rider Haggard (Book Author), Dudley Nichols (Screenwriter), Ruth Rose (Screenwriter), Roy Hunt (Cinematographer), Max Steiner (Composer (Music Score), Alfred Herman (Art Director), Van Nest Polglase (Art Director), Vernon Walker (Special Effects), Benjamin Zemach (Choreography) - - - - This film exists today only because silent film star Buster Keaton had a copy of the original print stored in his garage, which he gave to film historian Raymond Rohauer for preservation --- The sets, costumes, etc. were all prepared for a color film. At the last minute, RKO pulled Merian C.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is not the story I remember... July 2 2004
Format:DVD
The actor who played She did not seem to portray the she I had in mind. I read this story as a little girl, or rather it was read to me. I remember She being the most beautiful woman on earth. This did not come across in the movie. At lot of illustration and characterization was left out. I did like the campy dance sequence in the movie, very strange and eerie. The music that went with it was ominious and quite effective. The stage sets were quite good, yet the story is taking place in the cold north, rather than Africa. She does convey an icy distance in her stance so I give the actor points for that, yet it is just lacking in story and plot to really hold my attention. Randolph Scott was handsome yet his acting looked very much like acting. I liked Tanya's eyes, they were really sparkly. The threesome, Scott's character, his sidekick, and Tanya, a girl who they met in Antartica, who had been abused by her father, went on a trek to find the eternal flame that bathed you in a mythical fire of youth. When the flame reverses itself the effects are quite good. The avalanches are pretty neat and the chase scenes in the frozen mountain glaciers are fun to watch. All and All not heartily recommended but not to dissuade you either. By all means read the book, it is exceptional.
Lisa Nary
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4.0 out of 5 stars SHE Shines Oct. 7 2009
By Cat
Format:DVD
This is a marvellous retelling of H. Rider Haggard's story of "Ayesha, or She Who Must Be Obeyed". The colourization is wonderful; and, the interviews with Ray Harryhausen are fascinating, as the pioneer some of the best known Special Effects ever used in film.
Although, the screenplay edits the three books in the "She" series ["She", "Ayesha", and "Wisdom's Daughter"], it remains faithful to the spirit of the original. Some of the mystical aspects have been down-played, perhaps to save on production costs: at the time, the film cost & lost a fortune.
If it had been released in colour, instead of B & W, when the studio cut the budget, it might have topped the creator's "King Kong", at the box office.
Fortunately, it can be seen, now; and, like all history, managed to survive, in someone's garage, before being rediscovered, and restored; lucky for us.
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