Cinema: The New Pictures: May 11, 1931

Svengali (Warner). This is a vigorous example of John Barrymore's second or hokum manner. In contrast to his first or popular manner, in which the spectator's attention is directed to the beauty of his profile and his legs, the second manner (Moby Dick, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) involves the creation of sinister atmosphere by means of makeup, pale rolling eyes, false whiskers, mouth pieces used for the distortion of the teeth, and stilts in his shoes to make him look taller. He is Svengali, the musical hypnotist of the Latin quarter, in a...

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