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Blind Husbands (Silent)

Erich von Stroheim spins a tale of jealousy and lust in his directorial debut.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: January 8, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1919
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 172
Rating: B+ -- It's now noteworthy as a curio, but when first released it splashed von Stroheim's name onto the international spotlight as a brilliant filmmaker. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Oct 6, 2010
One of the most assured directorial debuts in movie history...
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Aug 11, 2003
This picture is sensational. It marks an epoch. Full Review
Nov 11, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- Cynical, witty and erotic. Full Review
Radio Times
Nov 11, 2019
Mr. Stroheim, unlike many directors, grasps the fact that the screen is the place for moving pictures and that whatever is to be done on it with artistic finish, must be done pictorially. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
The peaks and precipices of human relationships Full Review
Jan 24, 2010
It's a moral tale, as simplistic as it sounds, but what makes it distinctive is the use of design and the characters' personal mannerisms as fully functional elements of the director's overall moral purpose. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006

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Doctor Armstrong, America's most famous surgeon, heads to the Alps for some much needed rest and relaxation, accompanied by his bored wife Margaret. There they meet Lieutenant Erich von Steuben, an Austrian cavalry officer. The lascivious Steuben immediately notices the strained relations between Dr. Armstrong and his wife, and sets out to seduce Margaret. The lonely young woman finds herself fascinated by the aristocratic officer. The night before he and her husband are to scale "The Pinnacle", the most treacherous peak in the Alps, she leaves a note under the lieutenant's door. Once the men reach the top, Armstrong discovers his wife's note in Steuben's pocket. Thousands of miles above the ground, the two men clash over the fair Margaret….but only one will return home safely to claim her heart.

By 1919, the inimitable Erich von Stroheim (1885-1957) had made a name for himself playing Prussian villains in Hearts of the World (1918) and The Heart of Humanity (1918) He had also distinguished himself working as an assistant director to D.W. Griffith. So it was perhaps inevitable Stroheim would want to direct a film in which he himself would star. After hounding Universal mogul Carl Laemmle, Stroheim was granted a relatively meager budget – the same amount the studio spent on Westerns – to adapt his short story "The Pinnacle". Stroheim ended up spending ten times the original budget. Supposedly inspired by a duel Stroheim fought during his time in the Austrian Royal Palace guard, the theme of two men fighting a desperate battle over a woman would be repeated in the director's masterpiece Greed (1924). Scenes in the mountains were shot in Südtirol, Italy, standing in for the Swiss Alps. Universal took over editing the film after they discovered Stroheim's dictatorial tendencies led to the death of a dog during production (to prevent this from happening in the future, he would lock himself in the editing room with a loaded gun.) They also changed the name of the picture to Blind Husbands. The film was both a massive critical and commercial success, grossing over a million dollars. "This picture is exceptional. It marks an epoch," said Variety, and they were right, as Stroheim became one of the most influential filmmakers of the silent era.

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  • Sales Rank: 16,006
  • UPC: 089218817594
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