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dir. Rouben Mamoulian
Applause is historically groundbreaking film because it was one of the first synched-sound films to move the camera around. There are some pretty impressive shots, particularly one featuring an off-camera character casting a talking shadow.
Cheesy and melodramatic by todays standards, but the story of a convent girl forced into burlesque was undoubtably scandalous in 1929 and still probably is (in the bible-thumping "red states" at least).
(watched as a class for FTV 298A: Phenomenology of Sound)