Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Beggars of Life

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Louise Brooks expert Thomas Gladysz holds that while William A. Wellman’s “artfully photographed, morally dark tale of the down-and-out” gives future Oscar winner Wallace Beery top billing for “an especially vital performance”, it is Brooks who “dominates the screen in what is arguably her best role in her best American film”.

With its provocative themes of sexual abuse and murder, the film presents a truly transgressive view of the US just before the Great Depression.