Mad Love - The Films of Evgeni Bauer
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Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913), Bauer's first surviving film, tells the story of a society woman who kills her rapist and in its aftermath must make a new life for herself when her husband leaves her. After Death (1915), adapted from a story by Ivan Turgenev, explores one of Bauer's favorite themes: the psychological hold of the dead over the living. In The Dying Swan (1916), an artist obsessed with the idea of capturing death on canvas becomes fixated on a mute ballerina.
After Death and The Dying Swan star Vera Karalli, the legendary ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet and Serge Diaghilevs Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. Karallis colleague, the great Alexander Gorsky, choreographed the dances in many of Bauers movies including these two films. Restored by the Russian state archive Gosfilmofond and featuring brilliant new scores commissioned by the British Film Institute, Mad Love is a must-have collection for all lovers of film. Watching these extraordinary films is the cinematic equivalent of peering into the Tsars magnificent Fabergé Eggs. Bonus Feature: Documentary on Bauer by film scholar Yuri Tsivian, Stills Gallery.
"Bauer can now be ranked among the silent cinemas premiere storytellers." -- Betsy Sherman, The Boston Globe
"One of the unknown greats of the era his lush morbid melodramas are distinguished by a feverish psychological intensity." -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Top Customer Reviews
Two of the three films feature Bolshoi ballerina Vera Karalli whose face is as expressive as her body. Her performance of the title piece in THE DYING SWAN from 1916 gives us a glimpse of what it would have been like to see Anna Pavlova dance. This story of a mute ballerina and an artist obsessed with death is the longest and most potent of the three thanks to its striking visual imagery. TWILIGHT OF A WOMAN'S SOUL (1913), the earliest of the films on the DVD, features a remarkably frank outlook on the plight of a woman who is abandoned by her husband after he discovers that she has been raped. Certain images from this film seem to foreshadow scenes in THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI.Read more ›
Among the special features on this DVD is a documentary explaining some of the techniques used by Evgeni Bauer which heighten one's appreciation for the films. It's probably a good idea to watch this documentary afterwards, when familiar with the three films, and then to watch them again later with the deeper insights gained from this documentary. Overall, a beautiful and classic package from The Milestone Collection well worth having!
'The Dying Swan' (1916) was my favorite of the trio. The beautiful Gizella (Vera Karalli) is a mute who is betrayed by Viktor, the man she believed loved her. After she discovers him with another woman, she runs away and, together with her doting father, leaves the city and eventually finds huge success as a ballet dancer. While performing one night, she is seen by the artist Glinskiy, who feels that this sad dancer may be the perfect model for his dream painting.Read more ›
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This supplier sent us the wrong video. When we returned it, they advised us that the video we wanted was out of stock. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by mr blue
This collection is a must for lovers of silent film. The acting is brilliant, as are the story lines. One is introduced to love, mystery, and even terror. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Erin65
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