- 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 acclaim. 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. Svengali and Trilby are pursued by a young artist who, like Svengali, is madly in love with Trilby.
Director Archie Mayo's SVENGALI was the first sound version of this chilling tale, and remains the best. Marian Marsh is tantalizing as Svengali's unwitting victim, but the powerhouse performance belongs to John Barrymore, who was widely considered the greatest living American actor at the time of SVENGALI's release. Barrymore's performance in the title role stands among his very best efforts.
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.
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Movie Lover: John
-- January, 14, 2006
For all you early '30's horror fans, this is a classic. Filmed the same year as 'Dracula' & 'Frankenstein', it abounds with much of the same charm. The cinematography is fantastic, with a tip of the hat to "Caligari" and the use of some fine impressionistic sets. To top it off,Alpha gives us a crystal clear print!The actors all turn in excellent performances. The beautiful Marian Marsh is absolutely stunning as 'Trilby'. Barrymore's performance is superb! Overall, a very pleasant way to spend 81 minutes.
Movie Lover: henri donadille
clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR
-- March, 27, 2004
Superb filming of the classic novel 'Trilby'! John Barrymore is outstanding as the evil hypnotist Svengali and pretty young Marian Marsh('Murder By Invitation') is just as good as the high spirited artists model Trilby that he puts under his spell. Great early sound film. Excellent camera work,sets and a striking miniature of the rooftops of Paris! One of those must see cinema classics!
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