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I'd imagine that most people who would come to this page to read a
review of Erich Von Stroheim's unfinished epic Queen Kelly already know
something about it, but nonetheless it seems a little historical
context is necessary before attempting to critique the fragment that
remains. This was a deeply troubled project, memorably described by
leading lady Gloria Swanson as a child that refused to be born. Set in
a fictitious 'Middle European' kingdom, the first portion of Von
Stroheim's screenplay tells a fairy tale-like story of an innocent
convent girl, Patricia Kelly, who becomes involved with a wastrel
Prince-- who, unbeknownst to her, is already betrothed to the Queen. At
first the Prince wants only to toy with Kelly, but in the course of
their one evening together he sincerely falls in love with her.
Unfortunately, the mad Queen Regina learns of the affair and literally
flogs Kelly out of the palace. Kelly attempts suicide, but is rescued
and abruptly sent to German East Africa, where her dying aunt runs a
brothel. She is forced to marry a syphilitic plantation owner and
eventually winds up successfully running the brothel herself, under the
ironic moniker "Queen Kelly."
As originally scripted this film might have run as long as five hours,
so the portion available today represents barely one-third of the
intended opus. The project marked the sole collaboration between
writer/director Von Stroheim, star/producer Swanson, and co-producer
Joseph P. Kennedy, patriarch of the political dynasty (who was also
Swanson's lover at the time). Plans for this silent epic were launched
at the end of 1927, but by the time shooting began in fall of 1928 the
talkie revolution was sweeping Hollywood, and this would prove to be
perhaps the biggest single factor that doomed the project to limbo.
Three months into the filming Von Stroheim was fired, and for the next
few years Swanson attempted to finish the movie in various ways,
finally releasing a truncated version in Europe in 1932. In the 1960s
about twenty minutes' worth of footage from the sequence set in Africa
was discovered, and this material was reunited with the earlier portion
in a restored version completed in 1985.
Given this history it seems almost unfair to critique what remains of
Queen Kelly at all, but the restoration presents a rough idea of what
the movie might have amounted to in its longer form. This is a
fascinating fragment with both positive and negative aspects.
On the positive side, the film is beautiful to look at; Paul Ivano's
gleaming cinematography ranks with the best work of the era.
Practically every shot boasts features of striking interest, and the
production design teems with the sort of character-revealing detail for
which Von Stroheim was known. Befitting the unreal atmosphere, Seena
Owen and Tully Marshall offer highly stylized character turns as Queen
Regina and plantation owner Jan Vryheid. Owen's Mad Queen is
unforgettable, lounging about the palace nude (while toting a
strategically positioned white cat!), surrounded by erotic art and
brandishing a riding crop. Marshall's scenes are limited to a few
minutes in the recovered 'Africa' footage, but he etches a vivid
portrait of creepy decadence.
On the debit side, however, is the central and insurmountable problem
that Gloria Swanson was miscast in the title role: she simply isn't
credible as the innocent convent girl the story demands. Kelly is
supposed to be a sheltered girl who has never tasted champagne. Swanson
was 31 years old when this film was made and, frankly, looked older.
Even in films she made in her early 20s she comes off as a tough cookie
who could handle anything, but here, alongside the actual girls who are
supposed to be her contemporaries, Gloria looks like she should be
playing the Mother Superior. Von Stroheim's leading lady from The
Wedding March, 21 year-old Fay Wray, would have been perfect as Kelly,
but once producer Swanson cast herself in the role the project was
Another problem is that most of this material was edited together only
after Von Stroheim had been fired and the production shut down, when
Swanson was attempting to assemble a marketable feature-length movie
out of the opening 'Middle Europe' section. Originally these scenes had
been intended to serve as little more than a prologue to the Africa
story, but since it was the only portion completed the editors were
forced to extend what they had to pad the running time. There is much
lingering over details and too many prolonged reaction shots,
especially in the scenes between Kelly and the Prince. It's said that
when Erich Von Stroheim saw this version of the film in later years he
complained that the pace was far too slow, and so it appears today:
sumptuously photographed but draggy, despite the occasional high
In sum, while I would call this film a must for silent movie buffs, I
don't believe the average viewer would find much to enjoy in Queen
Kelly. This is one of those legendary disasters with a "backstory"
rather more interesting than what we see on screen. In that light I can
especially recommend watching the recent DVD release with film scholar
Richard Koszarski's commentary accompanying the visuals, to help make
sense of it all.
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