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Manslaughter & Cheat

Manslaughter & Cheat

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In the silent era, Cecil B. DeMille stood at the forefront of Hollywood directors, a visual stylist who created fashionable fables of women caught in tempests of temptation. Accompanied by a lively score by the Alloy Orchestra, Manslaughter stars Leatrice Joy as a pampered debutante who is forced to confront her irresponsible lifestyle when she causes the death of a traffic cop. To emphasize the debauchery of the Jazz Age elite, DeMille interwove scenes of champagne-soaked parties and Roman orgies, a device that served as a stern warning (while providing a titillating spectacle) to the wayward youth of America. Mixed messages also abound in the Cheat, in which a society woman (Fannie Ward) allows a wealthy Burmese trader (Sessue Hayakawa) to settle a debt for her, not realizing that in exchange he intends to brand her flesh as his own. Highly influential for it's dramatic low-key lighting and it's frank depiction of extra-marital intrigue, the Cheat tapped into a vein of post-Victorian female masochism, eroticism and Orientalism of the day, exploring the taboo desire to be forcefully seduced and possessed by a man of another (as in Rudolph Valentino's Sheik films several years later).

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    Title: Manslaughter & Cheat
    Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
    Starring: Jack Dean, Yutaka Abe, Sessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward, James Neill
    Director: Cecil B. DeMille
    Attributes: Silent Movie
    Release Date: 4/2/2002
    Original Year: 1915
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 0
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 2442
    UPC: 738329024420
    Item #: KOV002442

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 4/2/2002
    Closed Caption: No
    Studio: Kino Video