Friday, July 21, 2017

The Pleasure Garden (1925)


Wardour Films (UK)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
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The story of two chorus girls and their intertwining love affairs. One helps the other get a job and even allows her to stay at her apartment. Later, the girl's fiance and a friend arrive for a visit, but she is busy flirting with a rich prince at theater. The two men hang out with her roommate, and one of them eventually convinces her to marry him. Both men are sent off to Africa for a job, but the lonely wife soon follows when she finds out her husband is sick. However, when she gets there she finds out he has a native lover and leaves him. The husband murders the native girl and racked by guilt, and then almost kills her as well when he finds her by the bedside of the other man, who has fallen ill with fever. Entertaining if somewhat convoluted directorial debut of Hitchcock, incorporating many of the elements he would go on to explore in his long, illustrious career.

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