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This is really a bookend with "Foolish Wives" for me. The later film was perhaps more melodramatic but they both share the Euro-womanizer and gullible wife angle. In "Husbands," Stroheim casts himself unsympathetically (and rather courageously, if you think about it) and seems to relish the villainy and cowardice of the role. The cast is excellent with particular credit due the off-balance wife for her uncomfortable acceptance of the Leutenant's attention.
Stroheim's strength as a director always pivoted on his ability to move a story forward, however, and that's the very quality that makes this film work; one is always interested to follow along and see what happens.
It's a real shame that the world of cinema was denied the complete development of Stroheim's directorial skills as it would have been fascinating to see how he developed full-formed in the sound era.
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