Shooting Stars

1928

Action / Drama / Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 236

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Reviewed by malcolmgsw 7 / 10

Fascinating look at the silent era

British films set in film studios are as rare as hens teeth.I can only recall about 5 in all.So this film probably represents our only ever opportunity to view Elstree as a silent era.studio.What makes this film quite Erie is the fact that like her character in the film Annette Benson literally disappeared from films after two 1931talking pictures.In fact there is virtually no biographical information about her whatsoever.Brian Aherne her leading man went on to a fine Hollywood career.Donald Calthrop was a fine actor but alas became an alcoholic and died young.Anthony Asquith went on to a distinguished directorial career.certainly one of the most interesting of the British silent films still extant.

Reviewed by Maddyclassicfilms 10 / 10

One of the best Silent films

Shooting Stars is directed by AV Bramble,has a story by Anthony Asquith, music by John Altman. The film stars Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop,Chili Bouchier and Wally Patch.

This is one of the best films about making films that I've ever seen. There is a real sense of realism about it, it's fascinating watching how a silent film studio operated and what went on off camera. It must have been interesting and maybe even difficult viewing for Silent era audiences watching this, as they were shown how the magic of film is achieved and that co-stars may hate one another, yet seem the best of friends on screen. This film reveals to us that film is all about illusion and yet despite knowing it's all illusion audiences believe and enjoy what they see anyway.

The opening romantic scene focusing on a woman in a blossom tree kissing a cowboy, highlights perfectly films ability to make us believe what we see on screen. What begins as a beautiful romantic scene descends into chaos when a dove bites the woman, she screams and the camera pulls back revealing she is an actress, the tree is a set and that the scene we've just witnessed was for a film.

The film starts off being very funny and then turns very dark and suspenseful. The ending is realistic and depressing, it shows that fame is fleeting and that once great stars can become yesterdays news.

Mae Feather(Annette Benson)and Julian Gordon(Brian Aherne)are married and are two of the most famous British stars. Mae is a beautiful and self centred woman. Julian loves her despite her flaws. Mae begins an affair with comedy actor Andy Wilkes(Donald Calthrop). When Julian discovers the affair Mae becomes so enraged that she decides to kill Julian, her plan has unexpected and disastrous results.

Benson is superb as the actress who destroys her only chance of happiness for a moment of passion. Calthrop is marvellous playing two different characters, the Chaplin like comic character Wilkes is famous for and as the elegant man Wilkes is off screen. Brian Aherne has the hardest role I think, he has to play Julian as being slightly dull but also has to ensure he has our sympathy throughout the film. The three leads are all excellent and I would love to see more of their films. An actress called Chili Bouchier who I'm unfamiliar with makes an impression as a glamorous co-star of Wilkes.

I would love to see all three of the films within the film, Wilkes comedy looks great fun. Altman's music fits so well with the film and is very catchy. The films title is cleverly shown to have two meanings.

This is a must see for anyone who loves films.

Reviewed by writers_reign 8 / 10

Set Piece

Despite the fact that they are two of my favourite directors I wouldn't, until now, have thought Puffin Asquith and Billy Wilder had too much in common but after watching Shooting Stars it appears that Puffin nailed the concept of beginning a film as a comedy and then seamlessly seguing into near tragedy some 30 years before Wilder's masterpiece The Apartment. Apart from Asquith only three names connected to Shooting Stars mean anything today and even that isn't much. Co-lead Brian Aherne went on to become a sort of poor mans' George Brent, the perennial charmer who knew how to wear a lounge suit and shoot his cuffs, Wally Patch, who lent rough-edged working-class support to dozens of films and Chilli Bouchier, who enjoyed a mayfly moment of fame in the early thirties and then disappeared gracefully. The film itself, our old friend the Eternal Triangle, which even in 1928 was in possession of a Bus Pass, benefits from some sure-footed direction from Puffin albeit uncredited and slips in some tasty satire between clichés. For 1928 it wears well and is well worth a look.

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