- Original Story By George du Maurier
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 9, 2003
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:
John Barrymore is Svengali, the teacher and virtuoso who seduces and destroys young women with his hypnotic powers. He sets his evil gaze upon the beautiful young artist's model, Trilby. Powerless to resist the wicked maestro's control, Trilby abandons her noble young lover and flees with her new master who forces her to become his bride. Svengali transforms her into an international singing star, first bringing the couple acclaim and wealth, but leading to a rapid descent into depravity, horror and damnation.
This 1931 Warner Bros. classic is noteworthy for its expressionistic sets and camerawork and Barrymore's mesmerizing performance. Based on the novel Trilby by George Du Maurier, this film popularized the term "a Svengali," (roughly translated - evil mentor.)
In "Svengali," John Barrymore reprises the stage role that garnered him critical raves.
Svengali is a masterful and menacing hypnotist, bearded and unkempt, who draws a young woman, Trilby, into his lair. She has worked as a nude model for many artists and now, cajoled by Svengali's manipulative gift, she leaves behind her family in order to pursue a singing career on the concert circuit.
What Trilby does not know, however, is that she can perform only upon the hypnotist's command.
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- George L. du Maurier, author of "Svengali," was the father of stage actor Gerald du Maurier and grandfather of novelist Daphne du Maurier.