Specter of the Rose

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

A ballet melodrama with a score by George Antheil, this is one of eight pictures directed by the legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's most grizzled cynics. The storyline centres on a schizophrenic male ballet star (an American with a 'continental' pseudonym) who starts murdering his partners during performances of the title ballet. Hecht's plotting fulfils every hope it may conjure up, but the real delight is his dialogue, which is among the most ineffably pretentious ever heard on screen. 'Press yourself against me so hard that you're tattooed on to me' whispers our hero (Kirov) as he chats up his ballerina wife-to-be (Essen) in a seedy hotel foyer. It has a curious and quite moving integrity at heart...but it's also the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls of its day.

By: TR


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Ben Hecht
Ben Hecht
Judith Anderson
Michael Chekhov
Ivan Kirov
Viola Essen
Lionel Stander
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