It would certainly be possible to put in a detailed synopsis, but such a thing would be almost irrelevant to the film. So I’ll be very quick about it: A 1920s movie stuntman has lost his girlfriend to the leading man and in a suicidal act jumps his horse off of a bridge. While recuperating in the hospital, he meets an inquisitive young girl named Alexandria who speaks only broken English and begins telling her a fantastical story which starts merely because he notes the origin of her name — the majority of the film is the story as imagined by Alexandria. Once he has her hooked, he uses the story as the stick-and-carrot to get her to steal some morphine which he intends to use for, once again, suicide. Never fear, there’s a happy ending.
There, that’s the plot, and that’s really all the plot you need. Now here are the pictures:
That’s about it. I would like to include one final picture, one of the most stunning in the film, where a dissolve from an old man’s face leads to the following scene.
All-in-all, the single most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen. Bar none.
And it was apparently done without computer effects. Not this shot, the whole movie. Or so the New York Times leads me to believe.
Is the movie a bit overly sentimental? Yes. But just try taking your eyes off of it.