Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796 -- Drama, Queens -- Drama

Forbidden Paradise

4K Digital Restoration

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

Pola Negri, Rod La Rocque, Adolphe Menjou, Pauline Starke,

“American cinema seemed to achieve perfection at that time (the 1920s): perfection of the cut, perfection of the stitching, perfection of the fabric. . . . Ernst Lubitsch was, in our memory, the man whose oeuvre will someday symbolize this perfection, this flawless style that was the distinctive feature of this art” (Henri Langlois). Lubitsch’s long-unavailable Forbidden Paradise brims with comic touches, as officer Alexei saves the czarina from revolutionary conspirators and is rewarded with her love. It represents a crucial refinement toward the “Lubitsch touch.” 

  • Agnes Christine Johnston
  • Hanns Kräly
Based On
  • a play by Lajos Biró and Melchior Lengyel

  • Charles Van Enger
  • Silent
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • Silent
  • 73 mins
  • MoMA
Additional Info
  • Restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

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Retrospektive (program), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Ken Eisner, 1967

Forbidden paradise (program note)

Forbidden paradise (program note)

Forbidden paradise (article)

The Lubitsch touch (program note)

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