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  • NR
  • 1928
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 5.4  (2,666)

Champagne is a silent film released in 1928 by director Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars Betty Balfour, Jean Bradin, and Ferdinand von Alten. The movie was made during the transition period between silent movies and 'talkies.' Hence, it was released with synchronized sound effects and music only. The film follows the story of a wealthy girl, Betty (Betty Balfour), who lives a life of luxury, fame, and fortune. From her yacht to her limousine, her life is a parade of extravagance. However, one day, she discovers that her father has lost all his fortune, and she has nothing left. This revelation forces her to live a life she never imagined, without the help of the staff or the luxurious amenities she is used to.

Betty has to fend for herself in a world she never knew existed. She must work as a dancer in a club, drive a taxi cab, and work the night shift at a gas station to earn money to survive. However, she finds that life without money is both challenging and different. She falls in love with a handsome man, who turns out to be an artist, and they must work together to survive.

The story is unique for its time, especially when many films were silent and relied solely on the actors' performances to convey the story to the audience. The film was shot on location across Europe, featuring scenes from France, Italy, Spain, and England. The locations add charm and a sense of reality to the film that few films had during this era.

The film is a comedy-drama that is ahead of its time in many ways. The main character's portrayal of a woman overcoming adversity is so well done that it is still relevant today. Betty is a strong and independent woman, despite the odds she faces. Her character does not submit to the expected societal norms of the time.

The film also deals with class differences between the wealthy and the working-class population. Betty's transformation into a working-class girl showcases how some people are born with a disadvantage and struggle to make ends meet. The contrast between the two classes is masterfully portrayed in the film.

The film's humor is perfectly placed, and the comedy sequences are brilliantly executed. The jokes come easily through simple acts of intelligent comedy, which Hitchcock was famous for. The humor lightens the mood of the film without diluting the story's message. It's the perfect balance of comedy within the body of the story.

The actors are well cast and give great performances. Betty Balfour shines as the lead character, lifting the film to its full potential. She brings the perfect amount of emotion and comedic timing to the role, making the viewers empathize with her character's plight. Jean Bradin gives an equally strong performance, portraying his character with a laid-back charisma that complements Betty's style. Ferdinand von Alten's character is the perfect counterbalance to Jean's, and he adds a charming presence to the film.

Overall, Champagne is a movie ahead of its time. Hitchcock's talent in directing is evident in every frame of the film. The social commentary of the story is still relevant today, making it a must-see for film enthusiasts. The film is an excellent showcase of the abilities of the actors and their chemistry. Without spoiling anything, the climax of the film is not to be missed. It is an excellent ending to an already fantastic movie.

In conclusion, Champagne is a beautifully crafted, charming, and engaging film that deserves recognition even today. Betty Balfour's charming performance carries the film, which is complemented by Jean Bradin and Ferdinand von Alten's equally impressive acting. The scenes, the cinematography, and the humor make this movie worth seeing. It is a masterpiece of silent film that showcases Hitchcock's mastery of storytelling.

Champagne is a 1928 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

Where to Watch Champagne
Champagne is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download on demand at FlixFling. Some platforms allow you to rent Champagne for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 33 min
  • Language
    silent film,English intertitles
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (2,666)