JackFavell wrote:And I love Stanley Tucci. I will go to any movie he's in, he's worth watching.
Today I watched a very interesting Silent: "The Swan" (1925), a Paramount picture directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki, with Frances Howard (later Mrs. Samuel Goldwyn) as Princess Alexandra, Adolphe Menjou (as the Prince she has to marry) and Ricardo Cortez (as the Tutor). I enjoyed very much this film adaptation of Molnar's play and I found it less glossy and more realistic, in a way, than its 1956 Remake (I haven't seen Lillian Gish's 1930 version, "One Romantic Night"). There are many differences with the 1956 film: Where Alec Guinness, as the Prince, was restrained and stolid, Adolphe Menjou's Prince is a more of a cad; a rather disagreeable Casanova, full of mischief, flirting with all the women around. He couldn't have cared less about Alexandra. I'd say his character is nearer those Royals portrayed by Von Stroheim in his films. Frances Howard's icy beauty suits well her Alexandra and she gives a fine performance. Ricardo Cortez is also fine as the good-natured, very ethical and melancholic Tutor, who loves Alexandra in silence. In all, a very pleasant surprise. I did not find it slow paced as other reviewers stated on the net.
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