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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film, July 21 2002
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This review is from: Sadie Thompson [Import] (DVD)
"Sadie Thompson" is a brillant film that reflects one of gloria swanson's finest moments. Gloria Swanson portrays a woman of easy virtue, and for that time period, it was a very controversial film. Gloria Swanson's superb acting and clean viewing, for that type of story line, makes this movie a time piece of excellence. There is some strong language seen through her lip movements, but only if you look very closely. Overall it comes across very strongly and passionately. For the drama within you, you can see the story by the bodily movements which makes this type of film a masterpiece. Inspite of the distorted damage to the film from throughout the years, Sadie Thompson was restored enough to please the eye and the added orchestra sound makes this film a pleasure to have. I strongly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film, July 21 2002
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Rachel (United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sadie Thompson [Import] (DVD)
"Sadie Thompson" is a brillant film that reflects one of gloria swanson's finest moments. Gloria Swanson portrays a woman of easy virtue, and for that time period, it was a very controversial film. Gloria Swanson's superb acting and clean viewing, for that type of story line, makes this movie a time piece of excellence. There is some strong language seen through her lip movements, but only if you look very closely. Overall it comes across very strongly and passionately with its drama of bodily movements which makes this type of film a masterpiece. Inspite of the distorted damage to the film from throughout the years, Sadie Thompson was restored enough to please the eye and the added orchestra sound makes this film a pleasure to have. I strongly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria's greatest role., March 4 2002
This review is from: Sadie Thompson [Import] (DVD)
This movie is stunning! I'm new to silent movies and recently "discovered" Gloria's silent films on DVD having only known her as the tragic star in the 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard - but I believe she gives the performance of her career in this film. I love her as Sadie. The movie is incredibly atmospheric and filled with ravishing close ups of Gloria. Her scenes are very well played - genuinely touching and funny and wonderfully sexy. Gloria really lives this part and you'll find yourself rooting for her character throughout. She also produced this movie and apparently really had to fight to get it made - the story was considered very daring in its day. The restoration by KINO is fine though some scenes show bad damage (never longer than a few seconds at a time and such moments are few and far between)and though the dramatic ending is marred by the use of film stills (the final scenes of the sole print are apparently lost forever) it can't diminish the overall power and impact of the movie. Everything else about the film is just too good - the sets, acting, camerawork are all superb - the story dated but still packing a real dramatic punch. Silent movie fans should lap this up - it's a real treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarnished Classic, March 10 2001
This review is from: Sadie Thompson [Import] (DVD)
Much like the "restored" version of Swanson's Queen Kelly this release is a mixed blessing. On the one hand it is breath-taking to see the beauty and range Gloria Swanson had - yet, as the last reel of the film is missing it's tragic that the dramatic climax of the film is lost.
That said, the restoration as excellent - the reconstruction of the climax works well, and beyond that Kino have also added the last reel of the 1932 remake RAIN and the shooting script.
This, along with essays and stills, as well as other clips and excerpts makes this a must have DVD for any serious silent film lover.
Sad that Swanson's talent in silent films has been somewhat eclipsed by her - admittedly great - performance as the tragic diva in Sunset Boulevard. This is a rare and welcome chance to see a magnificent star at the height of her powers.
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