Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life (1928) movie poster

(1928) dir. William A. Wellman
viewed: 07/14/07 at the Castro Theatre, SF, CA

Screened at the Castro Theatre as part of San Francisco’s annual Silent Film Festival, director William A. Wellman’s 1928 feature about two a homeless hobo couple on the road, trying to make it to Canada and facing many of the hardships of the period is a striking and very appealing film.  The film’s biggest selling points are the starring role of Louise Brooks in what is considered the best of her American films and the very effective location shooting that adds to the verity and realism of the film.

I am one of the many who believe Brooks to be among the most beautiful women to have ever graced the Silver Screen, yet I have actually seen very few of her films.  Wellman is one of those directors, as well, who may not reside in the ultimate pantheon of American film, but certainly was a strong and effective filmmaker, who I also have less familiarity with than perhaps I should.

I did really admire this film and really appreciated the experience of seeing on the big screen, but am strangely at a loss for more to say on this film as a whole.  So I’ll leave it at that.

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