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A Cottage on Dartmoor [DVD]
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A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR
A film by Anthony Asquith
Directed by Anthony Asquith (The Browning Version, The Way to the Stars) A Cottage on Dartmoor is an embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge, set on the bleak landscape of Dartmoor.
Overlooked by critics eager to heap praise upon his contemporary, Hitchcock, and the much lauded Blackmail (released the same year), A Cottage on Dartmoor is a thoughtful distillation of the best of European silent film techniques from a director steeped in the work of the Soviet avant-garde and German expressionism.
One of the last silent films to be made in Britain before the talkies revolutionized cinema, Asquith's film is a virtuoso piece of filmmaking, a final passionate cry in defence of an art form soon to be obsolete.
The film is presented here with an original piano score composed and performed by Stephen Horne.
- Insight: a study of Anthony Asquith featuring on-set footage, interviews, etc. (Lee, UK, 1960)
- Rush Hour: comedy about Britain's workers coping with the transport system (Asquith, UK, 1941)
- Illustrated booklet containing original publicity photos
UK | 1929 | black & white | silent with music | 84 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
'It is impossible to think of the history of British cinema without thinking of Anthony Asquith' --Dilys Powell
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in barber/spa shop, in love w/co-worker, ends up killing the man who wins
the love of his obsession, later escapes from jail to get her as well).
But extremely impressive in it's use of expressionist photography and editing. The
look is like much later film noir, but often better (including a little Scorsese-esque fast
push in), and the editing (and story structure) is very brave; from the flashback
structure of the whole story, to the super fast cutting in two sequences (including the
insertion on a single red frame) that makes most modern editing look safe and
dull by comparison.
Well worth a look for the beautiful, ahead-of-it's-time techniques alone.
The story concerns a barber who becomes fatally infatuated with a beautiful manicurist working in the same salon. Unfortunately she does not reciprocate his clumsy advances. When another man turns up to turn the head of the girl the barbers love turns to raging jealously which has tragic consequences. Do we have another Sweeney Todd on our hands? All rather "Fatal Attraction" in reverse! Nothing too mind blowing in the story stakes, but then this film is more about Asquith's innovative montages and quick fire editing. The cinematography with wonderfully brooding dark images of a "Hound of the Baskervilles" Dartmoor are simply majestic.Read more ›
Full of glowering looks, innocence portrayed, malevolence incarnate, silly ladies and, a good musical score, what more do we need ?
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Although the last of his silent features, the restoration of Anthony Asquith’s A Cottage on Dartmoor was something of a bolt from the blue that caused many to re-evaluate the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trevor Willsmer