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Blind Husbands DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 189 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Score Adapted by Donald Sosin from 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 Breif Survey
    Portrait Gallery
    And More
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, lealousy 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 singularlry 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.
 
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