Friday, March 07, 2008

Svengali

Very slick production is not too burdened by Barrymore's bottomless hamminess. Supporting cast (including Donald Crisp in a Caledonian mode) are all fine. Costume and sets (striking Expressionist gestures) are excellent. Special effects and miniatures support horror milieu. If this had been a Universal production we could have looked forward to Svengali Versus the Phantom of the Opera.

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