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The Marriage Circle

The Marriage Circle

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The tone is set from the opening scene as legendary director Ernst Lubitsch effortlessly sets up the duality of one perfectly happy marriage contrasted with another couple in a perpetual state of grimly endured misalliance. The Marriage Circle is full of scenes with a sense of unspoken formality, of a mutually antagonistic marital standoff that has been going on for years. The move/countermove rhythm slightly anticipates the slow, tit-for-tat rhythms of Laurel and Hardy, but instead of escalating toward physical destruction, Lubitsch freezes the emotional temperature at a quiet, indicative irony. Unlike real people, these characters never lose their control, which is the essence of their absurdity, the soul of their wit. Before this film, the audience could only see Lubitsch characters move; with The Marriage Circle, we begin to see them think. Before, there were large sets and hundreds of extras. Now, Lubitsch strips everything down to the essentials: a few actors, a car, a garden, a dining room, a staircase. Lubitschs German films, even the fine ones, tend to be brass bands - compelling, funny, but unavoidably loud. With The Marriage Circle, Lubitsch became the composer of the cinemas finest, most elegant chamber music. To see it in this glistening print derived from the original negative, with an appropriately lilting score by the Mont Alto Orchestra, is to fall in love with the movies - and Ernst Lubitsch - all over again. Excerpts from essay by Scott Eyman, author of Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise (Johns Hopkins Press) and Print the Legend: The Life and Time of John Ford (Simon and Schuster) Year: 1924 Length: 85 minutes Director: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale, Adolphe Menjou Music: Compiled by Rodney Sauer and Susan Hall Format: NTSC Produced for DVD by David Shepard From the Blackhawk Films Collection Presented by Flicker Alley

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    Title: The Marriage Circle
    Genre: Comedy-Contemporary
    Starring: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale, Adolphe Menjou
    Director: Ernst Lubitsch
    Attributes: Manufactured on Demand, NTSC Format
    Release Date: 3/14/2017
    Original Year: 1924
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 9007676
    UPC: 889290076762
    Item #: 1797068X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 3/14/2017
    Run Time: 85 minutes
    Studio: Flicker Alley