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Foolish Wives (1922)

 |  Drama  |  11 January 1922 (USA)
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

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Complete credited cast:
Rudolph Christians ...
Andrew J. Hughes - U.S. Special-Envoy to Monaco
Miss DuPont ...
Helen - His Wife (as Miss Dupont)
Maude George ...
Her Highness - Princess Olga Petchnikoff
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Her Cousin - Princess Vera Petchnikoff
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Their Cousin - Count Sergius Karamzin - Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Dale Fuller ...
Maruschka - a Maid
Albert Edmondson ...
Pavel Pavlich - a Butler (as Al Edmondson)
Cesare Gravina ...
Cesare Ventucci - a Counterfeiter
Malvina Polo ...
Marietta - His Half-witted Daughter (as Malvine Polo)
C.J. Allen ...
Albert 1 - Prince of Monaco
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Storyline

"Count" Karanzim, a Don Juan is with his cousins in Monte Carlo, living from faked money and the money he gets from rich ladies, who are attracted by his charmes and his title or his militaristic and aristocratic behaviour. He tries to have success with Mrs Hughes, the wife of the new US ambassador. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The first real MILLION DOLLAR PICTURE

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11 January 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esposas Ingênuas  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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After six months in the editing room, Erich von Stroheim turned over his cut of the film to Universal Pictures in December of 1921. The film was 32 reels and 8 hours long, but von Stroheim insisted it was now "a perfect story." When asked how it would be possible to present 32 reels for an evening's entertainment, he replied, "That's a detail I hadn't time to bother about" (the magazine "Photoplay" suggested that the movie should be re-titled, "Foolish Directors," and released as a serial). Universal took over the movie, and edited it down to 14 reels, with a 210-minute running time. Von Stroheim hated the shorter version, complaining that all that was left of his masterpiece was "the bones." See more »

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When the Count seats Mrs. Hughes at the roulette table, she is wearing a different gown than the one in the rest of the scene. See more »

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Prince of eccentrics
8 September 2004 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

Lots has been written on the subject and like many others I highly enjoyed the beautiful cinematography, the reconstitution ( both impressive and accurate to the minutest details ), the wit of the titles. However, what actually carried me away is the recurrence of weird finds. In what other movie indeed can you find details like these : - a countess pinching the arm of her maid - a man drinking a calf's blood cocktail first thing in the morning - a US special envoy having trouble in taking off his gloves in front of a prince - a disaster-movie summer storm preventing two would-be sinners from going beyond the point of no return - a wicked hypocrite shedding tears of...TEA ?

Stroheim is really the prince of eccentrics ( and not a bogus one ! ) and we love him for that


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