- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: August 17, 1999
- Originally Released: 1919
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Wesley E. Barry,
W. Lawson Butt,
Edna Mae Cooper,
Kamuela Searle &
Cecil B. DeMille
James M. Barrie
Director of Photography:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Evincing Cecil B. DeMille's unequaled flair for glamorized decadence and wry social comment, Male And Female
is a tongue-in-cheek morality play that playfully examines the codes of conduct of class-conscious Britain when the film was made in 1919.
In the role that made her a star, Gloria Swanson stars as Lady Mary Lasenby, complacent in her status and happy when being pampered by handmaids in her luxurious boudoir and bath. Less certain that merit and social rank are equivalent is the admirable Crichton (Thomas Meighan), a selfless butler who serves Mary and her spoiled clan.
When the vacationing swells and their hired help are shipwrecked on the shores of a desert island, the follies of class are displaced by matters of survival: Mary and Crichton are mutually attracted and the resourceful servant is soon king. To this already bubbly mix, DeMille adds a lavish Babylonian flashback for no discernible reason except to show a gorgeously plumed and gowned Swanson descending into a den of lions. This sequence pushes an already outrageous film into a stratosphere of visual excess, assuring its place among the glittering landmarks of silent film history.
A romantic fable from silent director DeMille. A proper British family must rely on their industrious butler to survive a shipwreck, during which the spoiled daughter falls for the servant. Rescue, however, means a return to the aristocratic class structure of England--a quandary for the two lovers. A luxuriously risque bath scene and a dream of ancient Babylon guaranteed this feature's status as a classic. Based on the play "The Admirable Crichton" by James M. Barrie.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Cecil B. DeMille's breakthrough production, a satire on class distinctions. Based on James M. Barrie's play "The Admirable Crichton," "Male and Female" made a star of Gloria Swanson (Queen Kelly) and solidified DeMille's standing as a big box office director with one of his more modest, but no less 'big' silent classics.
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