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15 Ratings

The Conquering Power

Directed by Rex Ingram
United States, 1921
Romance, Drama


Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!).

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The Conquering Power Directed by Rex Ingram

Critics reviews

…Ingram was an admirer of German Expressionism – notably The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – but this scene goes beyond mere hommage. With its stifling cobwebs and crawling spiders, Grandet’s house is a claustrophobic Gothic space that predates the castle in Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931). Those disembodied arms find their way into the surreal dream landscapes of Jean Cocteau (La Belle et la Bête/Beauty and the Beast, 1946) and Roman Polanski (Repulsion, 1965).
September 07, 2015
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