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The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 September 1921 (USA)
Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near ... See full summary »

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(uncredited)

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(suggested by play of the same name), (by)
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Emilie Dixon
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Gordon Bronson
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Max Runyon
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Mr. Nazzer Singh - Hindu Hypnotist
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Annie Elliott
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Abner Elliott
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Satan Synne
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Laura Anson
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Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near suicide Annie only to have her rob him of his wallet. "Satan" Synne, the "wickedest woman in New York," looks promising but she's only plying her trade to help raise funds for her husband's surgery. He decides to return to his wife, with all her faults, only to find her carousing with his best friend Max. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Unrated
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25 September 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatol: Five Kisses  »

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(1999 alternate)

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(tinted)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Swanson admitted in an interview decades later that Wallace Reid's drug addiction scared her while they were making this film, and she avoided socializing with him because of it. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback sequence where Emilie is on a swing and two mirrors are set up to give repeated reflections of the action, the cameraman bending over his camera is visible a few times when the swing moves out of the way. See more »

Quotes

Anatol Spencer: Let me take you away from all this rotten, hypocritical crowd! Let's go to some clean, sweet place in the Country where people are honest and decent - and find ourselves again!
Vivian Spencer: I'll go with you to the country, Tony, if I can be sure there'll be milk - but no *milk-maids*!
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Entertaining though overlong social comedy
10 May 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

The plot and an analysis is elsewhere here well done with Ron Oliver's review. Suffice to say that the hand-tinted titles and the sepia-toned film itself, hinting at reds along with its browns are a real joy to behold. Seeing so many luminaries in one film is also a treat - Reid, Swanson, Moran, Daniels, Ayres.

However, the film could easily have been a half hour shorter with less wear and tear on the viewer and with virtually little loss in the morality tale or sense of the work. It's all enjoyable but it does drag a bit.

Grapevine and Kino both have excellent prints. Important for its director and his non-epic style as well as for the presence of Reid and Swanson, but far from a great or important film.


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