Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lubitsch: “Anna Boleyn”

"Anne Boleyn" (aka "Deception," 1920) was Lubitsch's last big film in Berlin. He tried Hollywood out in 1922, having been invited by Mary Pickford to direct a film vehicle for her. The title character is played by Henny Porten not as a seductress, but as a little understood pawn in Tudor court politics. Emil Jannings plays Henry VIII; he's even more menacing here that he is in F.W. Murnau's "Faust" in which he plays Mephistopheles. This link is to a Youtube collage of images from the film. Look at the way he uses shadow- as well as Lang does in “M.”

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