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Menaces (1939) Edmond Greville; Mireille Balin, Erich von Stroheim
Menaces (1939) Edmond Greville; Mireille Balin, Erich von Stroheim


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In French with English subtitles.

Menaces (Threats) was originally filmed in 1938 under the title Cinq Jours d'Angoise. Thanks to a studio fire, the release of the film was held up for nearly two years, by which time its "rumors of war" subtext had taken on a new topicality. John Loder and Mireille Balin star as, respectively, a British newspaperman and his French fiancee. During the Munich crisis, Loder and Balin decide to take refuge in a Parisian hotel until they're certain that war will not break out. The other hotel guests include Austrian professor Erich von Stroheim, whose hopes of becoming a French citizen are dashed by the growing animosity against all things Teutonic.

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5 of 5 5 stars April 30, 2020
Reviewer: Carl Hinrichs from Fleetwood, PA United States  
The original Edmond Greville film is a brilliant character study of the residents of a cosmopolitan hotel and a merciless indictment of French war mongers and of war.The subsequent desecration of this film years later by the French is beyond belief.First a ludicrous preface is attached to the beginning of the film.At the end of the film after Erich Von Stroheim's suicide an inane letter is shown which Von Stroheim's character would never possibly have written.Then immediately a narrator suddenly appears in the film spouting nonsense for the last ten minutes of the film and recounting things that occurred many years subsequent to the production of the film in 1938.The entire meaning of the film goes down the drain and is ironically replaced  by an example of the simple minded propoganda of the people that Greville was indicting.Greville's original film is five star.The rest is enough to make you vomit.

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5 of 5 Menaces (1939) September 6, 2014
Reviewer: Kathleen Montgomery from Vista, CA United States  
Perfect transaction. Very nice print of a rare title.

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