Directed by Archie Mayo, Starring Archie Mayo, Luis Alberni, Paul Porcasi, Carmel Myers, John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Lumsden Hare, Donald CrispWritten by Archie Mayo, Luis Alberni, Paul Porcasi, Carmel Myers, John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Lumsden Hare, Donald Crisp
The George du Maurier novel Trilby, about a hypnotist who controls a female musician, was originally filmed as Trilby, a 1920s silent. In the 1931 talkie, the emphasis shifts from the music student to the teacher, Svengali. John Barrymore gives a scenery-chewing performance as Svengali, who is originally seen tutoring Honori (Carmel Myers). Trilby (Marian Marsh) is making her living as a nude model, but she wants to use her musical talents to earn money and hopes to settle down with Billee (Bramwell Fletcher). Unfortunately, his upper-class family simply wouldn't approve. Svengali falls for Trilby and starts teaching her music while manipulating her hypnotically. Eventually, she becomes so dependent on him that she can't perform outside of his presence. This film became so well-known that the word "Svengali" became incorporated into the English language, meaning "someone who, with evil intent, tries to persuade another to do what is desired." A British version of the film was released in 1955. Michael Betzold, Rovi
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- Publisher: Troma Team Video
- UPC: 785604205227
- Region: Region 0