In these times of cholera we need the Lubitsch-touch! Next screening is his first American comedy masterpiece, the silent movie

DIE EHE IM KREISE – THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE1924, 85 min., dir. E Lubitsch (Anne Boleyn, To Be or Not to Be), starring Adolphe Menjou, Florence Victor, Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, English intertitles) 

DATE: 7 OCTOBER

TIME: 5.00  p.m.

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:

Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun’s colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had his eye on Charlotte, sees this as his opportunity, even though the Braun’s are very happily married. Through a misunderstanding, Charlotte thinks that her husband is interested in Miss Hofer, and asks Mizzi to keep him occupied. Meanwhile Professor Stock becomes suspicious of his wife, and hires a detective to spy on her with the hope of obtaining a divorce. (imdb)

In its time, The Marriage Circle was a saucy, slightly racy sex-farce — and something of a revelation coming from Ernst Lubitsch who, up to that time, had specialized in lush historical dramas. Seen today, it’s a fascinating artifact of a by-gone era, representing at least two familiar figures in their early screen incarnations: Monte Blue in his days as a leading man and Adolphe Menjou as a jealous husband. But it also offers Florence Vidor, wife of King Vidor (and the more successful of the two at the time) and Marie Prevost in their time. And the “Lubitsch Touch,” which seems to have sprung fully formed from the frames of this frothy little romantic trifle, which began a two-decade-plus string of ever-finer romantic comedies from the director. Here’s the original, not just for the better-known remake One Hour With You, but also much of his work right up through Cluny Brown in 1946.  

ALL WELCOME! 

For more details please contact: 

Dr Marion Pape
German Programme
School of Arts
email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
phone: 031-260-1086/2380 

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