Note: This review was written during the British Silent Film Festival which ran in April 2012 in Cambridge. For various reasons it was ‘lost in the post’, but I thought, better late than never.
Made in the dying days of the silent era, THE GHOST THAT NEVER RETURNS is proof (if proof were needed) that cinema was exploring some very interesting places before talkies came along and stopped much of its innovation dead in its tracks. This occasionally dazzling Soviet-produced tale of rebellion in South America follows prisoner Jose Real (Boris Ferdinandov) who, after serving ten years inside, is entitled by law to a single day of freedom – a day from which no-one has ever returned alive.
Full review: BSFF 2012: The Ghost That Never Returns | TAKE ONE