- Ernst Lubitsch
- Lilyan Tashman, Patsy Ruth Miller, Monte Blue
“Ernst Lubitsch’s silent comedy from 1926 showed what a German émigré could teach Hollywood about sex! It stars the vivacious actresses Lilyan Tashman and Patsy Ruth Miller as pleasure-seekers whose attentions stray to each other’s husband. Suzanne Giraud (Miller), the wife of a prominent doctor and a fan of Orientalized romances, is aroused by the sight of a neighbor, Maurice Lalle (George Beranger), a shirtless actor in sheikh’s garb, sitting at his window. Her husband, Dr. Paul Giraud (Monte Blue), pays Maurice a visit—to pummel him with a walking stick—and falls for the actor’s coquettish wife, Georgette (Tashman).” (Film Forum) The film features a wild party that includes the first ever choreographed dance scene to appear in a film with partygoers doing, what else, the Charleston! One of best silent film accompanists in the world, Dr. Philip Carli, will provide piano accompaniment for a 35 millimeter print preserved by the Library of Congress.
The screening is the featured event of Cornell Cinema’s Elegant Winter Party and Benefit.