THE BAT WHISPERS (Roland West, 1930)

“This house gets on my nerves. Won’t let me sleep.” With a nod to both Louis Feuillade’s Les vampires (1915-16) and Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Roland West’s terrific The Bat Whispers, based on a stage play, achieves an almost surreal cinematic form. “The Bat,” an arch-criminal especially given to stealing expensive jewelry, […]