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Conrad Veidt, Vivien Leigh, Dark Journey (1937)

This review was published on IMDb and it was revised by me.

Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt – what an interesting and unusual pairing, just like having fire and ice in love! In my opinion, “Dark Journey”, a London Film production of Alexander Korda, is Vivien’s greatest pre-GWTW movie. The script is full of memorable lines, but there are also some great romantic moments between the actors. The combination between Vivien and Conrad is just like having fire and ice in love. It’s a palpable, strong, glacial romanticism. Conrad said once: “The one thing I look for everywhere is beauty. I find it everywhere, and in almost every person. A lovely painting, a good book, or music moves me. It has a life of its own.” In my favorite scene from the movie, which is the kissing scene, you could see that even after the kiss, Conrad is still holding Vivien in his arms, admiring for a few more seconds her beautiful, perfect, feminine, heart-shaped face, with those two big emerald eyes and the sweet, little lips. He is visibly enchanted by Vivien’s unique beauty, as she is telling him “Now, I want you to take me away from my friends and the business, from everyone but you”; and he tells her “That’s my dream”. This is a lovely, unforgettable scene, in which Vivien and the apparently implacable Conrad Veidt make together a wonderful couple of lovers, despite the differences between them. I would recommend to any fan of the two great actors to watch this spy and romantic film, directed by Victor Saville. It would be even nicer if they put back the deleted scenes. The original movie is at least 15 minutes longer than the actual version, of 75 minutes. For example, there was a scene where Karl (Veidt) is trying to seduce Madeleine (Leigh) at the first dinner party they meet. This moment is remembered in a totally different scene, which takes place, the following day, at Madeleine’s shop. There is a famous photo from that deleted scene with Conrad and Vivien smiling at each other and clinking two glasses of wine. And this is just one of the many deleted and important sequences from the film. But, the latest DVD version is 79 minutes in length, because it contains more sequences. I was very happy when I bought it, not only because I found some extra-sequences, but also because the quality of the picture and sound was far superior to all the versions I had seen, so far, of this extraordinary movie, which, I must say, is among my favourites.

Conrad Veidt, Vivien Leigh, Dark Journey (1937)

I uploaded the entire film here, on my Conrad Veidt YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

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