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INCREDIBLE MUSIC, AND PRODUCTION
- IRV ATKINS
Just saw this classic restoration, with accompanying musical score played by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra....Can't believe it never was played, nor can I believe someone wrote that 2 hours of dramatic music, only to have in shown in the silent era with non appropriate music played only on a theater organ (or piano) as accompaniment. The sets and number of extras in the film was incredible. I wonder how post World War One Germany could even consider such an expensive production. 1922 was a time of rampant inflation in Germany, not to mention the reasons that Hitler came to power.
A long-awaited restoration of an early epic
- Peter Bishop
A superb restoration. Has everything you'd want in an epic except the 3 hour run time. Lavish sets, melodramatic story, great German expressionist-era acting, thousands of extras, and a musical score that fits the on-screen action without being overly-powerful. Only the color tints were a little bit obtrusive.
Fabulous production and new score
- James Ward
This screenplay and production are incredible. Love the compoositional quality of shots and operatic acting. It's close in time to such big Strauss operas as Elektra and Die Frau Ohne Schatten, so I'm grateful to be taken back to the stage design of that era in the service of similar subject matter and over-the-top passions. Luebitsch obviously would have done an amazing job with Verdi's Aida, but no one would have sprung for a full length opera, even at the onset of talkies. Whoever wrote this score did a spectacular job.