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Applause [DVD] [1930] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000UX4X0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rouben Mamoulian was a visionary, and you can see his genius in every frame of this film. There is nothing static about the camera work in this 1929 tragedy. The camera MOVES, and there are no microphones hidden in flowers here.

Yes, the story is a bit creaky to modern eyes, and the dialog can be a little heavy-handed, but the story is darker than would be allowed just a few years later, and very adult. Kitty Darling is an increasingly dissipated burlesque queen who wants to keep her daughter out of show business. She is involved with a lowlife, Hitch, who fleeces her for all he can and still wants more. Helen Morgan is a revelation - almost unrecognizable in her dowdy costume and peroxide wig. Joan Peers is suitably terrified of Hitch, who is believably horrific.

This Kino DVD release has all sorts of great extras that are worth the price of admission on their own. Newsreel footage, a short piece of Helen singing "What Wouldn't I Do For that Man," lots of press materials and photos, and several very interesting essays about Helen Morgan, the film, the censorship boards and the novel on which Applause was based. Excellent item and a must for anyone who wants to be honest when they say that they are interested in the study of classic film.
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