A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Though the film is based on a work of fiction, three of the readers in the library, all of them suspects in the golem case, are real people who did at the time live in London: Karl Marx, George Gissing and Dan Leno. See more »
At one point, Dan Leno makes reference to "the roar of the greasepaint". Surely the well known musical with that phrase was a twist on the original which must have been "The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd". See more »
Costume slasher movie can't support its ambitions.
A mash up of Se7en and The Elephant Man, this one is stylish but over long and relentlessly grim.
With a nod to the Jack the Ripper murders this one is set in London's underclass Limehouse, where Inspector under a cloud Nighy arrives to investigate the succession of "Golem" slasher murders. Suspects include comedian Dan Leno and a bushy bearded Karl Marx. Nighy's investigation gets involved with hard working actress wife Olivia Cooke's trial for poisoning her husband.
Alternating between the British Museum and Leno's tacky music hall attention shifts to Cooke's back story with lots of oppression of women, class warfare, homoerotic suspicions, opium dens and politicking at the Yard.
Cast and design are superior but this one is not a fun outing.
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