Lonesome (1928)

Two lonely people discover short-lived happiness in this silent drama. Jim (Glenn Tryon) and Mary (Barbara Kent) live in the same rooming house in New York City, though they've never met; Jim works in a metal fabricating plant, and Mary… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 1928
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Lonesome, Paul Fejos's exquisite, poetic 1928 masterpiece about love and estrangement in the big city, deserves to be ranked with The Crowd as well as Sunrise, though it's not nearly as well-known as either.

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TV Guide

This was Universal's first sound film with only three dialog scenes (all on the beach).

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

In the end, I'd call Lonesome a truncated masterpiece, with footage rudely added rather than stripped away.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Dr Fejos has paid more attention to his interesting dissolves and double exposures than he has to the characterization of his story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's perhaps the ultimate film in urban alienation.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

finds an impressive middle ground between the easier pleasures of Hollywood and the more demanding tenets of European art cinema

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Pat Kewley

Although to a large extent the two characters are basic archetypes, as a writer and director Fejös has a poet's touch when it comes to the details of phrase and gesture.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I don't hesitate to call it a masterpiece -- and the best film I've seen in 2012.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A mostly-silent film that showcases all the vitality of the late silent era.

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The plot is simple: A boy and girl (both "working stiffs") find innocent love at an amusement park, only to have their new romance threatened by… More