Staggering. Unbelievable. A masterpiece!
I found it hard to be engaged with this second film from Dario Argento. His first film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, was, and is, a thrilling, involving mystery, even if one has seen it many times. With Cat o' Nine Tails, the story and characters just didn't capture my interest. The cinematography was indeed very dark and impressive, and the locations were interesting, with well designed interiors. Of course, the brutal murders were the focal point of the…
Joan Crawford achieved major stardom with her portrayal of "Dangerous" Diana Medford, the wild jazz age flapper with the decent, honest heart, in this silent classic. Miss Crawford's dancing may not hold up very well for some modern viewers, but she gives a solid dramatic performance, dressed in high fashion and existing in an Art Deco fantasy world. The film was made during the last days of the silents and has a musical soundtrack that includes a few lines of…
I hereby predict that this very strange little movie will become a cult phenomenon with all of its faithful devotees dressing up in white sheets whenever they venture out to see it.
Quiet, introspective, exercise in existential angst. And, dare I say it, haunting. Well worth seeing, if, for no other reason, that there is simply nothing else like it.