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The Marriage Circle

Restored Print

  • Judith Rosenberg
    Live Music

    on piano


Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Adolphe Menjou,

Vienna in Ernst Lubitsch’s Hollywood comedy is less a place than an atmosphere, a series of elegant parlors, boudoirs, and gardens where the European cultured class slips on the banana peel of its own attitudes. Adolphe Menjou, ever the icon of continental sophistication, adopts an expression of shell-shocked bemusement while his would-be bombshell of a wife (Marie Prevost) sets out to explode the domestic bliss of her best friend (Florence Vidor) by seducing her husband (Monte Blue). The devilish wit is in the details, such as a hole in a sock that exposes both a forlorn toe and an unraveling marriage.

Juliet Clark
  • Paul Bern
Based On
  • The play Nur ein Traum by Lothar Schmidt

  • Charles J. Van Enger
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • Silent
  • 89 mins
  • MoMA
Additional Info
  • Restoration funded by The Film Foundation

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Laughter in paradise: the films of Ernst Lubitsch (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Scott Eyman, 2000

Ernst Lubitsch, le triangle amoureux (program note), Cannes Film Festival, Enno Patalas, 1992

The marriage circle (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Chase Weaver, 1979

Slapstick to screwball: The marriage circle (program note), Roosevelt University Film Society, 1956

Spellbound in darkness -- excerpt (book excerpt)

Spellbound in darkness -- excerpt (book excerpt)

Lubitsch: the American silent films (article), Douglas McVay

The Lubitsch touch (program note)

The marriage circle (distributor materials)

The marriage circle (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Eileen Bowser

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