|Scream if you like silents!|
For most of my entries, I research what I present to you. Well, I’m a bit burnt out from that and will leave it to someone else to answer my questions. Was Grapevine responsible for the restoration and music of its The Ship of Lost Men release? If so, I’d like to thank them. The score, performed by David Knudtson, accentuates every scene appropriately due to the theater organ’s portentous timbre. The subtitles are mostly free of typos and certainly weren’t translated by Babelfish. The length--at 122 minutes--exceeds the 1996 Critic’s Choice Video VHS release, which is 97 minutes. Not having seen any other versions of this movie, I’d like for those of you who have watched this Grapevine release and previous releases to compare them.
Although I hate writing synopses, I’ll distill what I watched below. Of course, be forewarned that I may have seen a different cut than what others have detailed on IMDB and elsewhere. Spoiler-haters, you ought to skip this altogether:
|Is that any way to greet a stranger, Captain Vela?|
|If you were hoping for Dietrich's gams, you'll have to settle for these.|
|How about that? Sternberg can't take all the credit for Dietrich's face!|
|On second thought, maybe I'm underestimating Jo.|
|Ethel, you better run to base before they tag(-team) you "it"!|
|Morain and Ethel. One looks lovesick, and the other--seasick!|
|I can imagine Shanghai Lily asking Grischa, "What kind of a hole did you say?"|
|There's a kitschy kissing scene for you milksops reading this.|
|Ethel Marley & Jerri Blank--separated at birth?|
In this bon ton role, Dietrich flaunts an extensive inventory of gestures that we rarely witness in her later movies--especially eye popping, convulsing, screaming, and galloping. Dietrich's beauty, however, does not consistently shine in this flick, and her seemingly borrowed men's wardrobe resembles Strangers with Candy character Jerri Blank more than Morocco's Amy Jolly.
|William--the prettiest piece in the picture.|