Crainquebille (Feyder, 1922)

Crainquebille (Jacques Feyder, 1922)

What could have been a solid movie was too much of a message against the French justice system of the 20s. Not that I don’t think justice systems should ever be criticized, but it this film it becomes too heavy-handed. (And I consider myself to be someone more lenient on message films.) There were some genuinely touching moments, but they felt much more forced than if the film’s message had been in the background. Also, at times the intertitles dominated the screen, and I would have preferred to watch the images unfold and interpret that happenings myself. The film is decently shot, so it has that going for it, but overall this wasn’t very good.  5.75/10

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