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Based on the controversial story titled "Miss Thompson", by W.Read more ›
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.
The best of these is the 1928 silent film SADIE THOMPSON starring Gloria Swanson (1897-1983.) Swanson was perhaps the first Hollywood "Diva," an actress as controversial as she was popular. By the late 1920s her liaison with the infamous Joe Kennedy (father of John, Robert, and Ted) gave her the clout to become her own producer, and with Kennedy money behind her she selected the Maugham story and cast herself in the title role.
It was an inspired choice. Swanson had somewhat hard features and tremendous attitude, and many consider that this is her best overall performance. The story concerns the collision of a brash prostitute (Swanson) and a holier-than-thou minister (Lionel Barrymore) who find themselves trapped by quarantine and monsoon rains in a rundown hotel on Pago-Pago. Needless to say, the sparks fly--especially when Davidson pressures the island govenor to deport Sadie as soon as possible. But it gradually transpires that Davidson may have more than one reason for wanting Sadie gone: it may be that he finds her a temptation himself.
SADIE THOMPSON would be Swanson's last great success in the silent era--the later QUEEN KELLY was never finished or widely released.Read more ›
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“Sadie Thompson” is a 1928 silent film based on the 1921 Somerset Maugham short story “Rain” and the 1923 play of the same name. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. James Gardner
Gloria Swanson (Sadie Thompson) plays a San Francisco hooker who travels to the South Seas to escape her past. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JodieG63
Great pre-code movie. with a star that lasted for generations. Well directed, shot, and acted and the film was still quite good or well restoredPublished 16 months ago by Joe Seda
Wow! It reminds me how much we miss by dismissing silent films. Even with the mostly-missing last reel, filled in with the titles and some stills, this version of the Somerset... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Lee
ACTING WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD IN THAT TIME.GLORIA WAS ONE OF THE CREATORS, AND ONE OF THE BEST ACTRESSES. THIS DVD IS FOR ALL SILENT BUFSPublished on April 28, 2014 by steven rouse
The DVD was fine and the movie is a classic. Watching Gloria Swanson and Barrymore together was exciting even if in black and white and non talking.Published on July 2, 2013 by brenda j helton
Gloria Swanson was the Sadie Thompson I would have envisioned from W. Somerset Maughn's short novel. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Sean Patrick
I love La swanson she was one of the greatist of the silent film stars and watching her early work as a young black male its fun seeing how they made and presented movies in the... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by New York Family
t-hjough this picture is not the talking Gloria of sUNSET s
bOULEVARD IT DISPLAYS ALL T HE greatness of Swanson as a Silent Screen diva. Read more