Queen Kelly Reviews
However, QUEEN KELLY is, by far, his best partially surviving work, next to GREED. The cinematography is excellent, the story is superb, the acting could not be better (in fact it's the best performance Seena Owen has ever given---a complete transformation from her eralier screen work, such as VICTORY) and the music is stunning. Tully Marshall gives his best performance (compared to the other films with him that are available on home video) and is truly the creepiest character to ever grace a Stroheim film. I can't say much for the guy who plays the Queen's fiancee'. I think John Gilbert could have done a better job. But he fits in with the rest of the film well enough. I just wish Swanson, wionderful actress though she may be, could have aloowed Stroheim to finish filming this magnificent work. All that remains of the film is one third of the plot. Swanson got angry at Stroheim for using her money (she produced it) to film excessive takes and retakes and finally to have her character sink from convent girl to the lowly proprietor of a African brothel, that she fired Stroheim and the film was released with an ending she made herself, having Kelly commit suicide and a Romeo and Juliet-like ending was tagged on. YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM. It is so very important to film history and otherwise, it's very entertaining.
it seems to be transported to the peek of silent movie, but this is one of the last done, anyway it is a restored film as most from the period, the sencorship, perhaps, but we ,classic lovers have lost so many films , entire films due to the censorship,the pre Hayes code period was one of the most free & eclectic.the Hayes code was a destructive vehicle to vail sensuality , that got such a tremendous quality , what a lost!
I bet the best scenes were lost, Kelly's arrival to German Africa & the end when she is a grand "madame"
a story of innocence, lust, envy & love!!
Anyway Swanson transport us with "the face" the eyes to a world of sensuality few can fully understand.
Great for VON STROHEIM such a terrific director.
the technical crew was superbe!!
LIGHTS LIGHTS, WHAT A TERRIFIC SCENES EACH ONE!!
Why doesn't it last 6 hours at it should have?