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Born: January 29, 1892, Berlin, Germany - produces 65 silent films before moving to America
1922 Moves to Hollywood- Warner Pictures Signed him to a three year six picture contract
Died: November 30, 1947, Los Angeles, California, United States
Lubitsch directed two of my favourite movies, Ninotchka and To Be or Not to Be
The Marriage Circle stars Monte Blue and Florence Vidor as a married couple whose lives are thrown into disarray when the wife's best friend begins to flirt with the husband. The film is also notable for its use of innuendo and double entendre, which Lubitsch would become known for in later films.
The Marriage Circle was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to launch Lubitsch's career in Hollywood. It is now considered to be a classic of silent cinema.
Here are some of the things that make The Marriage Circle (1924) so special:
Lubitsch's direction: Lubitsch was a master of visual storytelling, and he uses his camera to great effect in The Marriage Circle. He is particularly adept at using suggestion and innuendo, and he often leaves things to the viewer's imagination.
The performances: The film features a number of strong performances, including Monte Blue, Florence Vidor, and Adolphe Menjou. Vidor is particularly memorable as the wife who is torn between her husband and her best friend.
The humor: The Marriage Circle is a very funny film, but the humor is often subtle and sophisticated. Lubitsch is a master of timing and delivery, and he gets the most out of his actors.
The romance: Despite the film's lighthearted tone, there is also a genuine sense of romance between the two leads. Lubitsch is able to capture the chemistry between them, and he makes the viewer believe that they are truly in love.
Films by German directors are an important part of post World War One German Culture, from the groundbreaking silent classics of the Weimar Republic to the movies of Leni Reisenthal in celebration of Nazi rule, beloved by Goebels, to modern Oscar winners, I am pleased to see German Literature Month XIII now welcomes posts on Films by German Directors
This is a post for German Literature Month XIII 2023 November 1 to December 7
German Literature Month is hosted by Lizzy’s Literary Life