An instant camp icon.
There's a lot of actually worthy text about capitalism, alienation, grief, technology as parenting and all that, but it's also about a horrible sassy little robo ghoulie who kills people and isn't that the most important thing?
It's difficult to review a film that 1. is incomplete (All but one print of the film were destroyed by the Nazis, the version I watched had missing scenes filled in with title cards & stills) and 2. is an unashamed 'message' film.
The reason I gave it the full star treatment is because this is an outright pro-LGBT film made in 1919. There is no subtext or innuendo here. It is incredibly courageous.
Conrad Veidt is fantastic, he conveys the…