Saturday, October 25, 2014
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
So how to make a movie without words and few intertitles that is true to the play for which it is named? This movie demonstrates the genius of Lubitsch at it's best. The play is a mere 50 odd pages and it is well worth reading it before pulling the movie up on YouTube and comparing them. The movie is visually witty and entirely true to the story, which is about a woman who thinks her husband is cheating on her but he is not. The best character is Mrs. Erlynne, who is the object of much gossip with very little fact underlying it. The play depicts this verbally, but the movie is pitch perfect in displaying it visually. I loved them both, and as a pair they are the best advertisement for the artisitc ability of a silent film.