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The Letter

1929

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  • In the most memorable visual moment, when [Eagels' character] shoots her lover dead, she nearly lunges at the camera with every shot, flashes of gunfire temporarily lighting up the screen almost as much as her ferocity does. Like Bette Davis after her, Eagels has a compelling hollowed-out look, and her every line reflects an intense desperation

  • The 1929 version is excellent and intensely rewarding, nothing like the stereotype of a dull, stagey early talkie. And it goes out on a high note, with the famous confrontation scene between Leslie and her husband.

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