Resurrection (1927)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Previously filmed three times (in America, at least), Leo Tolstoy's mammoth novel Resurrection was once more brought to the screen in 1927. Dolores Del Rio plays the beleaguered heroine Katusha, who is seduced and abandoned early in the proceedings by the callous Prince Dmitri (Rod LaRocque). Years later, Dmitri is summoned to serve as a juror on a murder trial. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the defendant is none other than poor Katusha! At first hypocritically suggesting that she find comfort in God, the conscience-stricken Dmitri follows Katusha into exile in Siberia, where at last he "does right" by the girl. The screenwriters made a noble effort to capture the philosophical asides of the original novel, but this proved difficult in a silent film. Director Edwin Carewe remade Resurrection in 1931, again with a Mexican actress, Lupe Velez, in the lead; the story was then retooled in 1934 as the Anna Sten vehicle We Live Again and in 1961 was refilmed under its original title in the USSR.

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abandonment, exile, jury, murder, prince, redemption, seduction