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Silent Cinema

Detective Film
"The Cheat" (1915) by Cecil B. DeMille

7, 8 November 2014
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  • There is something prodigious in The Cheat (1915). In how along less the an hour of duration, with very simple but expressive scenery, with only three characters, very few entitles, and an excellent illumination -a real precedent of the best expressionism- it is possible to achieve telling a complex plot of love, deception, lies, infidelity, betrayal, extortion, revenge, forgiveness and redemption, and doing it with such rigor and precision. Produced and directed by  Cecil B. DeMille, a filmmaker who would reach the maximum prestiges and recognition with a much more colossal, solemn and spectacular cinema - King of Kings (1927), Cleopatra (1934), The Ten Commandments (1923 and 1956), The Crusades (1935), Samson and Delilah (1949), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).  With the added attraction of discovering the memorable villain Sesue Hayakawa, the first great American star of Asian origin, in a sober and fair interpretation, and main responsible for the success of the film. Years later, in 1957, he would be an Oscar nominee for his unforgettable Colonel Saito in David Lean's movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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