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Manslaughter & Cheat DVD
Manslaughter & Cheat

Manslaughter & Cheat

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In the silent era, Cecil B. DeMille stood at the forefront of Hollywood directors, a visual stylist who created fashionable fables of women caught in tempests of temptation. Accompanied by a lively score by the Alloy Orchestra, Manslaughter stars Leatrice Joy as a pampered debutante who is forced to confront her irresponsible lifestyle when she causes the death of a traffic cop. To emphasize the debauchery of the Jazz Age elite, DeMille interwove scenes of champagne-soaked parties and Roman orgies, a device that served as a stern warning (while providing a titillating spectacle) to the wayward youth of America. Mixed messages also abound in The Cheat, in which a society woman (Fannie Ward) allows a wealthy Burmese trader (Sessue Hayakawa) to settle a debt for her, not realizing that in exchange he intends to brand her flesh as his own. Highly influential for its dramatic low-key lighting and its frank depiction of extra-marital intrigue, The Cheat tapped into a vein of post-Victorian female masochism, eroticism and Orientalism of the day, exploring the taboo desire to be forcefully seduced and possessed by a man of another (as in Rudolph Valentino's Sheik films several years later).
Title: Manslaughter & Cheat
Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
Starring: Jack Dean, Yutaka Abe, Sessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward, James Neill
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Studio: Kino Video
Attributes: Silent Movie
Release Date: 4/2/2002
Original Year: 1915
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 738329024420
Item #: KOV002442

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