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This review is from: Mad Love - The Films of Evgeni Bauer (DVD)Even if you're not a fan of the silent movie acting style, this marvelous dvd containing three of Evgeni Bauer's films is a visual feast! Aside from their sheer beauty and historical value, these films are a window into Bauer's ability to tell stories and develop characters using tracking shots and angles some contemporary filmmakers have yet to discover. The layering and depth of field Bauer achieves in some scenes without the apparent use of matte painting is simply amazing.
Initially, the stories may seem a bit melodramatic but themes like spurned love ("Twilight of a Woman's Soul") and attachment so obsessive the ghostly stalk our waking dreams ("After Death") never seem to go out of style. The third film, "The Dying Swan" (a special treat for fans of the Bolshoi ballerina Vera Karalli), isn't too far removed from the Quay Brothers' "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes", "Combat d'amour en songe" or even "The Phantom of the Opera."
If you love film just for its own sake, don't miss "Mad Love"!