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Queen Kelly Hero

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Queen Kelly

PG

30 Mar

A gentle convent girl (Gloria Swanson) is seduced and deceived by a roguish prince and banished to her aunt’s brothel in East Africa, where she takes her place as the queen of the title. Reconstructed version of Stroheim’s most opulent and sexually decadent work is a delirious triumph of esoteric style.

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  • Barely released in its time, and with footage from the sordid African sequences only rediscovered in the 1960s, excerpts from this “abandoned” classic form the luminous “home movie” watched by Swanson and Stroheim in Sunset Blvd.