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Children of Divorce

1927

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  • The unexpected subtlety and pathos of Bow’s final close-ups are both a tribute to her and to the skill of Josef von Sternberg, then a Paramount contract director, who filled in — uncredited — for Lloyd.

  • The story at the core of Children of Divorce is textbook melodrama, directed with workmanlike verve by Frank Lloyd (and an uncredited Josef von Sternberg), but without the hallmark of a distinct directorial presence. All the better, perhaps, as this allows Bow’s presence to retain center stage, as dutiful medium shots and a handful of tracking shots capture her performance at the expense of cinematographic panache.