The film jumps between these two lines of action, neither yielding any surprises. Much of the story’s told by telegram or through a long, lousy poem. The staging, at least, has some depth to it. Figures extend far back into the frame, especially during a drunken party late in the film. Bara, too, is fun to watch as she plays this misogynistic fable’s object of scorn.
May 27, 2017