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Voice In The Wind (1944) DVD

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Voice in the Wind (1944)


Arthur Ripley    


Arthur Ripley (original story),  Friedrich Torberg (adaptation)    


Francis LedererSigrid GurieJ. Edward Bromberg 
Originally slated for PRC release, Voice in the Wind was eventually distributed by United Artists. The film was directed by the estimable Arthur Ripley, a graduate of 2-reel comedies who aspired to bring art with a capital "A" to the cinema. Francis Lederer stars as Jan Foley, an amnesiac Czech musician who has suffered mightily under Nazi tyranny. Living under a new identity on the island of Guadalupe, Jan tries to recall his past life while working for crooked refugee-smuggler Angelo (Alexander Granach). During a moment of crisis which results in Angelo's death, Jan suddenly regains his memory. He hurries back to the bedside of his ailing wife Marya (Sigrid Gurie), hoping against hope that he won't be too late to start life anew with her. As one critic put it, the film "could be bluntly described as one of the pictures that is considered brilliant because everybody dies at the end." Though Arthur Ripley's self-conscious symbolism doesn't wear too well, Voice in the Wind deserves credit for going against the grain of conservative Hollywood assembly-line entertainment.     

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  1. Bleak Even For Noir! 3 Star Review

    Posted by on May 16th 2016

    A semi-noir wartime tale, Voice in the Wind is a depressing but often fascinating obscurity that deserves a watch for fans of the period.

    The movie alternates between the present life of amnesiac pianist El Hombre as he plays for the thugs and refugees on the seedy island haven of Guadelupe, and his past life as a brilliant, happily married Czech musician whose patriotic art raises the ire of the local Nazis. How the latter state led to the former is a bleak tale that still manages to make salient points about the role of beauty and music even in the darkest times. Extremely dark, it certainly won't be to everyone's tastes, but it certainly deserves to be seen rather than forgotten.

    The Zeus DVD is generally good, and the soundtrack manages to get the all-important musical scenes across well.

  2. Review quailty of DVD only. 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 12th 2015

    Good enough.

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