Dodskyssen (1916)

aka The Death Kiss
Article 2948 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-3-2009
Posting Date: 9-9-2009
Directed by Victor Sjostrom
Featuring Victor Sjostrom, Albin Laven, Mathias Taube
Country: Sweden

A man is murdered. We find out how via flashbacks.

The lame plot description above is the result of my having seen this one with only Swedish and German intertitles to help me. There are further complications due to the fact that only parts of the movie are extant; the missing parts are filled in with stills and title cards. To be honest, I wasn’t really able to follow this one; I know there’s been a murder, the plot involves two people who look identical (Victor Sjostrom is in a dual role here), there’s a creepy guy in a gas mask, the solution to the mystery is at least partially contained in the title. There may be some touches of science fiction here (the poison gas, possibly) and some horror (the guy in the mask), but it seems pretty slight. Still, I’m glad that I had a chance to cover this obscurity.

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