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4.0 out of 5 stars The Whol' World's In A State Of Chassis- Thank Goodness This Film Isn't!, 14 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Juno and the Paycock (1930) [DVD] (DVD)
This early talkie from master Alfred Hitchcock demonstrates his skill as a director and senstivity regarding actors and source materials. For the most part, this faithful adaptation of the Sean O'Casey play is plagued by problems such as a grainy picture and poor quality sound- but you must remember this film was made way back in 1929!
The occasionally melodramatic acting does not hinder the storytelling in any way and frequently adds comedic overtones to the whole piece. The biggest downside to the acting is that the inexperience of many cast members sometimes comes through, with several actors looking nervous in front of the camera.
Overall, this is a solid but entertaining adaptation and deserves to be better known. The DVD has no extras, which for the price I paid, were sorely needed to explain this fascinating film.
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Initial post: 23 May 2011 19:07:27 BDT
My sister found this movie in a thrift store on VHS. The sound and picture seemed picture seemed pretty good for 1929, though I have seen better - FRANKENSTEIN, for example. But why do so many scenes cut the part or all of the actors' heads off? This can hardly have to do with the transfer to video, as other scenes are perfectly framed. Has the cameraman simply incompetent and they didn't know it until too late?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2011 22:44:06 BDT
Kurn says:
The camera doesn't move much because in the early days of sound cinema the camera was placed in a glass booth, I think this was because it was very sensitive to sound.
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