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Blind Husbands / The Great Gabbo (DVD)

Directed by : Erich von Stroheim
Crew : Donald Sosin
Available Date : 11/30/-0001
Release Year : 1929
Running Time : 96
UPC : 738329024628
Country : U.S.
Language: English intertitles, English
Subject : Film and Media Studies - Classic Cinema
Genre : Silent, Drama, Musical, Horror
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Blind Husbands

Rarely in history has a single film catapulted a director to the forefront of world cinema, but the innovative style and sophisticated themes of Blind Husbands made Erich von Stroheim an immediate sensation, exposing the complex layers of repression, jealousy, and lust that lie beneath the surface of an American couple's marriage. As they vacation in the Alps, a roguish officer (von Stroheim) ensnares the wife (Francellia Billington) in a web of infidelity, testing her loyalty and ultimately challenging the manhood of her husband (Sam DeGrasse).

Original music by Donald Sosin, adapted from the 1919 cue sheet. Print material courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

The Great Gabbo

One of Hollywood's earliest -- and most peculiar -- musicals, The Great Gabbo stars von Stroheim as an egotistical ventriloquist who casts a Svengali-like spell upon an ingenue (Betty Compson), against a backdrop of singularly strange numbers (including "Icky" and the spider-and-fly-themed "Caught in a Web"). Director James Cruze (The Covered Wagon) allowed von Stroheim to endow the character with his signature flourishes, resulting in a wicked cocktail of garish stage shows and Austro-Hungarian villainy that is a diabolical delight.

Newly restored by the Library of Congress.

Product Extras : Rarely in history has a single film catapulted a director to the forefront of world cinema, but the innovative style and sophisticated themes of Blind Husbands made Erich von Stroheim an immediate sensation, exposing the complex layers of repression, jealousy, and lust that lie beneath the surface of an American couple's marriage. As they vacation in the Alps, a roguish officer (von Stroheim) ensnares the wife (Francellia Billington) in a web of infidelity, testing her loyalty and ultimately challenging the manhood of her husband (Sam DeGrasse).

One of Hollywood's earliest -- and most peculiar -- musicals, The Great Gabbo stars von Stroheim as an egotistical ventriloquist who casts a Svengali-like spell upon an ingenue (Betty Compson), against a backdrop of singularly strange numbers (including "Icky" and the spider-and-fly-themed "Caught in a Web"). Director James Cruze (The Covered Wagon) allowed von Stroheim to endow the character with his signature flourishes, resulting in a wicked cocktail of garish stage shows and Austro-Hungarian villainy that is a diabolical delight.

"A true artist -- My God, he had talent!" - Orson Welles

Special Features:
  • Score adapted by Donald Sosin form the 1919 cue sheet
  • Excerpts from the original Blind Husbands pressbook
  • Audio clips of Valerie von Stroheim and Paul Kohner
  • Dossier on the ill-fated 1929 remake of Blind Husbands
  • "The High Command" - a 1944 radio broadcast
  • A note on The Great Gabbo by Erich von Stroheim
  • Photo gallery
  • Published works: A brief survey
  • Portrait gallery
  • And more!
UV Canada Link : https://unobstructedview.com/blind-husbands-the-great-gabbo-kin024628-web.html

Blind Husbands

  • Erich von Stroheim - Director
  • Erich von Stroheim - Actor
  • Francellia Billington - Actor
  • Gibson Gowland - Actor
  • Donald Sosin - Composer

The Great Gabbo

  • James Cruze - Director
  • Erich von Stroheim - Actor
  • Betty Compson - Actor
  • Marjorie Kane - Actor
  • Donald Douglas - Actor

Reviews

"A true artist -- My God, he had talent!" - Orson Welles


"A true artist -- My God, he had talent!" - Orson Welles

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