Le spectre vert (1930)


Le spectre vert (1930) Poster

A group of people who knew each other years before discover that members of the group are being killed off one by one by someone who calls himself (or herself) The Green Ghost. The ... See full summary »

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10 March 2005 | F Gwynplaine MacIntyre
Well, the French like stinky cheese...
I screened a partial print of 'The Green Ghost' with several reels missing. I had great difficulty following the action, down to several reasons: (1) the missing reels; (2) the deterioration of the surviving reels; (3) the strong accents of several cast members; (4) the extremely bad sound recording of the French dialogue; (5) the fact that my French is not of the best.

Apparently a roster of people who knew each other years ago are now being murdered, one at a time, by a mysterious killer known only as the Green Ghost. (Do ghosts come in colours? I thought they were all transparent.) Naturally, all the survivors decide to get together in a creepy old house ... thus making it easier for the killer to complete the set. Once they've reunited in a conveniently isolated location, they realise that the murderer is someone among their group.

The Oriental silent-film actor Sojin is excellent as Li Han, a fakir, but shows some difficulty here with his accent ... perhaps one reason why his career withered in the talkies.

It would be unfair of me to criticise this movie, since I saw and understood so little of it, but this hoary old plot had moss growing on it even in 1930, so I doubt that the movie would be very good even if I located a complete pristine print. It's not high on my 'to find' list.

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