Monday, July 19, 2010

it's only me

actor fredric march won the oscar for this role. his gestures are like lightning and his 'barrymore' profile alters before our eyes. i am always puzzled by just how shocking old films can be. it is sort of like walking through the louvre and looking at centuries old works of art and thinking, 'how did people forget how to do this?'

combine expressions, innovative lighting techniques, stunning sets, and just enough of the unabashedly scene stealing actress miriam hopkins, and adorable freddy had all that he required to match the previous jeykll (played by barrymore in the 1920 silent version) and make it impossible for the following jeykll (played by spencer tracy in the awful 1941 version) to stand a chance.

this film is flipping awesome.

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