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A Cottage on Dartmoor
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A Cottage on Dartmoor

1929
Drama, Crime
1h 28m
Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He threatens the customer with an open razor and lands in gaol. (imdb)
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Its strong point is the form, but formalism is perhaps also its downfall. Most of it is told in flashback, and it's directed in a way that stresses ingenuity of visual style. It's not without its emotion or humor, but I felt that narrative complexity is neglected and all but the final act of the film ends up slow and tedious. It should have been shorter and tighter.
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89th
87
A psychosexual thriller that may well have influenced Hitchcock, beautifully photographed and shows an impressive range of camera and editing technique. Startling flashbacks, whirlwind-edited sequences, clever insertions of newsreel footage, and poetic use of mirrors, focus, and visual metaphor. The downside is the film seems rather draggy. There's about an hour of build-up that could be whittled down by half. But it's not a bad story at all, and the visual aspects alone make it worthwhile.
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80th
86
Há 90 anos estreava na Inglaterra. Lá no meio do filme temos uma excelente homenagem à arte em questão na cena da sala de cinema, mas ao contrário do que faz a homenagem ao cinema americano pensar, a grande influência deste belíssimo filme reside mais nas escolas alemãs e russas de se fazer cinema, só não dei nota maior por causa da excessiva romantização da obsessão sexual ao final, embora esteticamente o filme seja mesmo impecável. DVDRip no MakingOff.
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45th
3
Another reminder that silent cinema was soaring to new heights of expression even while facing its own demise. One of the film's central set pieces even directly acknowledges the transition; a darkened movie house, the glowing faces first uproariously amused at a silent comedy, then rapt by a talking thriller. A Cottage on Dartmoor is visual poetry, but I can't help but feel that it could have been leaner and meaner, leaving some of the drags and gags of the middle act on the cutting room floor.
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90th
74
I'm in love. I'll take this over 90% of Hitch.
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