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Directed by John M. Stahl
United States, 1931


Story of a man’s growing dissatisfaction with his home-loving wife, and the rebirth of his youthful love for another. From the novel by Charles G. Norris.

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Seed Directed by John M. Stahl

Critics reviews

Seed powerfully demonstrates the way Stahl’s films, at their best, sneak up on you. His style is clean, direct, and self-effacing; it is the unforced tenderness for his characters and the accumulation of small but piercing moments of emotional truth that stealthily overpower you.
September 04, 2018
Stahl’s back-to-basics two shots, facing off characters in profile, become the default setting; there are scarcely any reverse angles or eyeline matches. This apparently simple creative choice, anticipating Preminger’s method of the 1940s and 1950s, puts all characters on equal footing. The framings force us to concentrate on their conversation, avoiding the customary cuts that punch up particular lines or reactions.
June 27, 2018
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