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The Living Dead Man

Released Mar 6, 1927 2h 50m Drama List
Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A man (Ivan Mosjoukine) enjoys his newfound freedom when his family thinks he's dead, and he falls in love. Read More Read Less

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Wilella Waldorf New York Post Though it is somewhat too long and a trifle tiresome at times there is a mad humor about the film which makes it worth seeing. Sep 22, 2020 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Fascinating experimental film with unusual techniques, looks at international high life in Rome. Aug 22, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Oof. At 3 hours, this film is far too long for its pace, which plods along slowly in the first half especially. There are entire scenes which are unnecessary, starting with the very first, which has Pascal's mother being taken advantage in selling her estate, which is a waste of about 15 minutes. Another example is a scene of mice and cats in the library, which is just silly. These things take away from and delay considerably the main story - Mathias Pascal's feeling of claustrophobia in his marriage leading him to 'run away from it all', helped along by the belief others have that he's died (hence 'The Late Mathias Pascal'). The film occasionally feels like an experimental project, with attempts to dabble in humor, romance, and surrealism at various points, but missing holistic vision. There are certainly some nice moments. I loved seeing Pascal in Rome at various sites (the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Ponte Sant'Angelo among others), the gambling scenes in Monte Carlo, and some of the outdoor scenes, such as those along the train tracks. Director Marcel L'Herbier utilizes techniques such as overlays and slow motion which were 'state of the art' at the time. Unfortunately there as many bad examples of filmmaking. Far too often we see tight shots of Ivan Mozzhukhin's face, who is reasonably good in the role, but has limited range, so we see the same dramatic expression over and over. The editing was also poor, so that we see moments repeated slightly or not fit together seamlessly. Only for the hardcore (and very patient) silent film buff. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A man (Ivan Mosjoukine) enjoys his newfound freedom when his family thinks he's dead, and he falls in love.
Director
Marcel L'Herbier
Screenwriter
Marcel L'Herbier
Distributor
Film Arts Guild
Production Co
Films Albatros
Genre
Drama
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 6, 1927, Original
Runtime
2h 50m