Champagne (1928)


“How dare you interrupt my dinner? Can’t you see I’m the Maître d’Hotel?” – Maitre d’Hotel:

“I’m so sorry. I thought you were a gentleman.” – Betty

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A spoiled debutante defies her father and runs off to marry a man that her father disapproves of.

My Take on it – In my attempt to try and watch all of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, I decided to try and tackle another of his silent films.

Once again, I knew nothing about this film before watching it and went in completely blind.

This was such an incredibly boring film.

Nothing works here and it feels as if it just drags along way too slowly and for way too long a time.

The characters presented here all seem very stereotypical and they aren’t able to give us anything that seems at all original or innovative in everything that occurs to them.

This is suppose to be a comedy yet nothing comes across as being humorous at all.

The main character s completely annoying to watch and I’m so glad that this film was silent because I can only imagine how much more annoying she would be if she had the ability to speak on screen.

The characters have no chemistry what so ever and it often makes the viewer question why they want to be together anyway.

I’m quite surprised that this film was made by Hitchcock, because I would assume that even with his enormous talent, he could find a way to make this film and story more interesting or enjoyable yet sadly, even he cannot.

Bottom Line – Incredibly boring film that doesn’t work at all. The characters all feel too stereotypical and nothing seems original or innovative about the whole storyline. The jokes aren’t very funny and the main character is actually quite annoying eventhough she isn’t able to speak. The characters have no chemistry what so ever and they make you wonder why they are trying to get together at all. Very surprised that Hitchcock made this kind of film because even with his abilities, he wasn’t able to try and find a way to make this film and the story more enjoyable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1- In a 1976 press conference for Family Plot (1976), Alfred Hitchcock revealed that this film is his least favorite of all the films he had made.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – The film includes the first freeze-frame shot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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