Dbl Feat: THE WOMAN DISPUTED + THE GARDEN OF EDEN
THE WOMAN DISPUTED
Silent with live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson
Viennese prostitute Norma Talmadge finds herself in a love triangle with geopolitical dimensions during the Great War: in this corner, Austrian officer Gilbert Roland; in the other, Russian Arnold Kent, with the lives of many Austrian prisoners hanging in the balance. Silent-era superstar Talmadge, soon to retire with the coming of sound, dazzles in her final silent film role. Art director William Cameron Menzies thoroughly storyboarded sequences that the directors followed closely, his sets a fantasia of dimly lit back-alleys and balcony-lined boulevards, experimenting for the first time with Expressionist perspectives he admired in recent German films like F.W. Murnau's FAUST and THE LAST LAUGH. DIR Henry King, Sam Taylor; SCR C. Gardner Sullivan, from the play by Denison Clift based on the story "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant; PROD Joseph M. Schenck, Norma Talmadge. U.S., 1928, b&w, 108 min. NOT RATED
Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress
THE GARDEN OF EDEN (1928)
Silent with recorded score by Robert Israel
Toni Lebrun (Corinne Griffith) leaves her job in a Viennese bakery for the cabaret stage in Budapest, but once she discovers that the venue doubles as a brothel, she hightails it for Monte Carlo in the company of kindly seamstress Rosa (Louise Dresser). Comedic hijinks ensue, along with the revelation of secret identities, uncle and nephew rival suitors for Toni's affections and, finally, one of the greatest wedding farces in screen history. Art director William Cameron Menzies concocted many of the clever sight gags, including the famous "flick the lights" bit. DIR/PROD Lewis Milestone; SCR Hanns Kräly, Avery Hopwood, from the play by Rudolf Bernauer and Rudolf Österreicher. U.S., 1928, b&w, 79 min. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.
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