The Sunday Intertitle: A sense that the world was mad
Seems like I’m stuck in SCARAMOUCHE the way I got stuck in DARK PASSAGE. At least here we have two films to entertain us.
Lots of strange and interesting intertitles in the Rex Ingram version, providing us with a gentle start. Both Ingram’s original and George Sidney’s somewhat garbled remake find a way to incorporate the dashing first sentence of Rafael Sabatini’s source novel. Neither star really embodies the sentiment, though: Ramon Novarro remembers to laugh cynically upon occasion, whereas Stewart Granger has been saddled with a role more befitting a summation like “He was born a colossal ass-hat.” Granger embodies the hell out of THAT sentiment.
Sometimes you wonder what the hell the title writer is up to. But eccentricity is a hallmark of Rex Ingram’s work. I want to get into this guy more deeply — he’s peculiar.