Douglas Sirk filmed this adaptation of Chekhov’s The Shooting Party shortly after his wartime arrival in Hollywood; not surprisingly, it’s the most Germanic of his American films, with darkly shadowed expressionist photography (by the uncredited Eugene Shuftan) and an emphasis on mood and character over plot. George Sanders is superb as a weak, corrupt judge facing both his past and the specter of the revolution, and Edward Everett Horton contributes an extraordinary dramatic turn as a provincial count. With Anna Lee, Hugo Haas, and Linda Darnell as the vengeful seductress.