This spectacularly indulgent film set in a large-scale studio recreation of Monte Carlo, vastly exceeded its budget and the final released version was the result of significant studio cuts, which saw over four hours of footage excised. Yet, Stroheim’s vision was so grand and fantastical that it remains an irresistible masterpiece of seduction, extortion and murder.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
A sharp and unscrupulous con artist pretending to be a Russian Count (Erich von Stroheim himself in the lead role) attempts to seduce wealthy women to extort money from them. The victim of his scam is Helen Hughes (Miss DuPont) the wife of a dull American diplomat.