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A Cottage On Dartmoor/ Silent Britain (Silent)

1930

NR
4.4 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 7.8/10

Long treated with indifference by critics and historians , British silent cinema has only recently undergone the reevaluation it has long deserved. A Cottage on Dartmoor is perhaps the most significant rediscovery. A tense, shocking thriller that stylistically evokes the early films of Alfred Hitchcock and the masterworks of Russian and German silent cinema. This DVD also contains SILENT BRITAIN, a new feature-length documentary that celebrates this newly-rescued golden age of British filmmaking.

Starring:
Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Uno Henning
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Anthony Asquith
Starring Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Uno Henning
Supporting actors Norah Baring, Anthony Asquith, Judd Green
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Maria P. Mason on January 11, 2015
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One of the best films, perhaps ever made from any decade. The acting is extraordinary. The music is gorgeous. I love Hitchcocks films and I can only surmise he was heavily influenced by this movie in particular. The shadows and angles used are so reminiscent of many Hitchcock films. This film is not only a true thriller, but a haunting, and heartbreaking tale of unrequited and unconditional love at the same time. I don't want to slip and write a spoiler. I will say I cried at the end of this film more than I have over any recent "love"story I have watched in quite a few years. I find it depressing to know there are so many people who have NEVER once been open minded enough to watch a silent film. Some of the greatest films ever made have been without words. I do not even like the term "silent" as a film such as this is anything but silent. The acting is intense and restrained in exactly the right moments throughout the entire film. The scene in the movie theatre had to be a first. I have seen this technique used many times since this film was made in 1929. It boggles the mind! It is hard to imagine the ingenuity it must have taken to relate (without spoken words) to an entire audience, the many different thoughts and emotions of each character. I am a lover of great films and I can say with all honesty this is one of my all time favorites. If you have never watched a silent film this is a perfect one to start with. There are so many truly amazing films in this genre. Life is not complete without experiencing new ways of living it! If I have one regret in this life, it is that I did not live in the days these films were first created. I find something so uncompromised, honest and truly genunie in almost all silent films. As some brilliant person once said, "Silence is golden."
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Fantastic. Who needs sound when such great acting is presented. I doubt that modern day actors could hold a match to these silent film actors.
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Whoa - ANGST-Y examination of a man possessed by jealousy, and the alternatively thoughtlessly cruel and amazingly kind behavior of a woman. Certainly more suspenseful than I expected, though far too long in many places (a theatrical scene where we see the protagonist visibly becoming controlled by jealousy; scary scenes in a barber shop wielding a freshly-sharpened razor near the neck of his rival) and with an ending that, right up until the end, makes you wonder just what the heck is about to happen.

If you are stuck in the scene in the theatre, it is safe to whisk past it. Nothing of importance happens there after you get the main idea that the hero is now far more jealous than before. Fast forward will not leave you with any regrets.
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Not much on a story or acting level (story spoiler - jealous man who works in barber/spa shop, in love w/co-worker, ends up killing the man who wins
the love of his obsession, later escapes from jail to get her as well).

But extremely impressive in it's use of expressionist photography and editing. The look is like much later film noir, but often better (including a little Scorsese-esque fast push in), and the editing (and story structure) is very brave; from the flashback structure of the whole story, to the super fast cutting in two sequences (including the insertion on a single red frame) that makes most modern editing look safe and dull by comparison.

Well worth a look for the beautiful, ahead-of-it's-time techniques alone.
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As other reviewers have stated, I don't think many actors these days hold a candle to those in this film. It's not only visually gorgeous. It's an incredibly engaging film with a marvelously simple and superbly executed story, well acted and all. Give yourself a treat and watch it.
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