The Marriage Circle

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 14, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1924
  • Label: Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films Collection

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Rating: B -- Hit the spot back in the day and has value today of capturing a vanishing era. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 11, 2013
For his second American film, from 1923, Ernst Lubitsch turned a drawing-room farce into bittersweet chamber music-which, aptly, plays out in Vienna. Full Review
New Yorker
Oct 12, 2015
The Marriage Circle may well silence those who claim that the film cannot compare as a dramatic form with the stage-play. For this is at once perfect cinematography and perfect conventional drama. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 2, 2019
It is unalloyed bliss to watch The Marriage Circle. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

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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  • UPC: 889290076762
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