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A Cottage on Dartmoor

A Cottage on Dartmoor PG rating

Anthony Asquith (Underground) directs this embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge, shot on location on the bleak landscape of Dartmoor.

Drama 1930 88 mins Silent

Director: Anthony Asquith

Overview

Directed by Anthony Asquith (Underground, The Browning Version) A Cottage on Dartmoor is an embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge, shot on location on the bleak landscape of Dartmoor.

Overlooked by critics eager to heap praise upon his contemporary, Hitchcock, and the much lauded Blackmail (released the same year), A Cottage on Dartmoor is a thoughtful distillation of the best of European silent film techniques from a director steeped in the work of the Soviet avant-garde and German expressionism. One of the last silent films to be made in Britain before the talkies revolutionized cinema, Asquith’s film is a virtuoso piece of filmmaking, a final passionate cry in defence of an art form soon to be obsolete. This film is presented here with a piano score composed and performed by Stephen Horne.