Sadie Thompson (1928). A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.
This is such a great film. Like, to the point where you forget there’s no sound. I find in early cinema too, the performances can be pretty stagey, but Gloria Swanson is pretty darn wonderful in the title role, managing to channel Sadie’s anger, hurt and desperation pretty perfectly. It’s a shame the last reel is missing, so we kind of miss out on the climax, watching it instead in stills like a slide show. It was still a great watch though. 8/10.