Lady Of The Night
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Handsome David Page is loved by two very different women: Molly, an overpainted and undereducated floozy. And Florence, a refined graduate of a finishing school. Since both lovelorn ladies are played by Norma Shearer, melodrama fans know they're in for double the romantic heartache. Shearer was on the cusp of stardom when she took these showy dual roles. She makes both women strong characters, but it's her Molly who stands out: blowzy, crude, aching with love and longing for class. And if Shearer seems to have developed a formidable set of shoulders in some scenes where she interacts with herself, there's a reason. Her over-the-shoulder double was played by a young - and unknown - Joan Crawford.
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exploration of women's roles in the 1920s.
A 4 way love tangle ensues as two outwardly very different woman (both played very well by Norma
Shearer) try to find love and meaning in life. One is a pampered rich girl, one is a tough, semi-prostitute
who grew up in reform school.
But by having Shearer play both women, the film concisely and visually makes the point that they are more
alike in their humanity, than different in their outward styles.
Basically a bittersweet melodrama, this rises to well above average on it's intelligence, elegant visual
style and acting.
On the other hand, lot of people see this as a flat out masterpiece, but it didn't quite have that kind of
deep effect on me, at least on first viewing. I found it more interesting than powerful. But I'll be
curious to see it again.
(Lovely piano score on the Warner Archives release by Jon C. Mirsalis).
This is from 1925 and the film quality is good. Also, it has a new music score; piano only. It is perfect. The composer has the music right for each scene and captures the emotions, mood, and feeling of each scene.
I am really impressed with this film. It always amazes me how many of these silent films are so breathtaking. Also, in silent films, it is even more placed upon the actors to tell us their thoughts and emotions through their eyes, faces, and body language. The actors who could do this well are true artists. Norma Shearer is one of those artists, in my opinion.
There are no special features on the DVD.
Always interesting too, to see a movie that was actually filmed in the 1920's; the costumes, settings, (written) dialogue and attitudes. So removed from the gaudy and vulgarised interpretations of that era by others. Yes, I mean you, Baz Luhrmann.
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