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Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 December 1925 (USA)
A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved.



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Complete credited cast:
Lord Augustus Lorton (as Edw. Martindel)
The Duchess of Berwick (as Mme. Daumery)


Mrs Erlynne, the mother of Lady Windermere - her daughter does not know about her - wants to be introduced in society, so that she can marry Lord Augustus Lorton. Lord Windermere, who helped her with a cheque, invites her to his wifes birthday-party, but Lady Windermere thinks, she has reason to be jealous, so she decides to leave her husband and go to Lord Darlington, who is pining for her. Mrs Erlynne finds this out and tries to prevent her of this mistake, but her daughter leaves her fan in Lord Darlingtons residence. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

26 December 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lady Windermeres Fächer  »

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$320,000 (estimated)

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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1.33 : 1
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Opening title card: Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.
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Pure cinema
8 August 2011 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Nobody was as savvy about the intricacies of the human heart as Lubitsch, and of how virtue is never an absolute.

This warmly empathetic, highly sophisticated gem is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde, with virtually none of the play's dialog utilized, but as suggestive and outrageous as Wilde himself, conceived, framed and edited as pure cinema.

From the exact same period as Cecil B. DeMille's infinitely more crass sex comedies and Charles Chaplin's equally brilliant and morally ambiguous 'The Woman of Paris', but carried by an indistinguishably European sensibility. Irene Rich as the woman who sacrifices herself in secret is impossibly glamorous and subtle, May McAvoy is truly heartbreaking as the socialite suspicious of her husband's philandering, but Ronald Colman, alas, is left with nothing much to do except smolder sexily at the fringes with those impertinently raised eyebrows.

A highlight is the Ascot game, a marvel of choreography and mime, a delicious baiting of upper class hypocrisy.

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