Pordenone Silent 2016 – review – MONTE-CRISTO (Henri Fescourt, 1929, France)

A perfect combination of the experimentation of the French impressionist directors of the time, and the requirements of the structures of mainstream adventure films, Henri Fescourt’s Monte-Cristo is a remarkable achievement. Adapted, of course, from Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo (completed in 1844), it was cinema’s final super-production; the last of the silent historical…