THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE
Friday, June 9
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
(1924) Doctor Monte Blue is happily married to Florence Vidor, Professor Adolphe Menjou is unhappily married to Marie Prevost – who decides to chase Blue – while Blue’s partner is hoping for an affair with Vidor – and then things really get complicated. 35mm print courtesy Harvard Film Archive. Approx. 85 min.
“Beginning with The Marriage Circle, we can see Lubitsch’s characters think… Lubitsch strips everything down to the essentials: a few actors, a car, a garden, a dining room, a staircase… Lubitsch’s German films, even the fine ones, tend to be brass bands, compelling, funny, but unavoidably loud; beginning with The Marriage Circle, Ernst became the composer of the cinema’s finest, most quietly elegant chamber music.”
– Scott Eyman, Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise
“Ernst Lubitsch turned a drawing-room farce into bittersweet chamber music.”
– Richard Brody