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Svengali (1954)

George du Maurier’s classic tale of the turn-of-the-century musician, who mesmerized a Paris model, is the inspiration for this hypnotic, colorful screen adaptation.  Famed director Noel Langley exercises unusual artistry in his shadowy “Svengali,” played by Donald Wolfit, unveiling an unwashed alley minstrel whose latent, diabolical genius finally emerges out of an uncontrollable passion for beautiful Trilby O’Ferral, played by the German bombshell Hildegarde Neff.

 



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George du Maurier’s classic tale of the turn-of-the-century musician, who mesmerized a Paris model, is the inspiration for this hypnotic, colorful screen adaptation.  Famed director Noel Langley exercises unusual artistry in his shadowy “Svengali,” played by Donald Wolfit (“Lawrence of Arabia”), unveiling an unwashed alley minstrel whose latent, diabolical genius finally emerges out of an uncontrollable passion for beautiful Trilby O’Ferral, played by the German bombshell Hildegarde Neff.  Digitally Restored from the 35mm negative.

1954 | 82 min | Color | Optional English Subtitles | 1.33:1/4×3 | All Region | NR

Special Features:

  • Trailers
  • Photo Gallery
  • Bonus – Complete 1931 version of “Svengali” starring John Barrymore (80 min, B&W)
  • Richard Gordon Remembers George Minter

Actors

Hildegarde Neff, Donald Wolfit, Terence Morgan, Derek Bond, Paul Rogers, David Kossoff, Hubert Gregg, Noel Purcell, Alfie Bass

Directed by

Noel Langley

“Svengali (1954)”

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