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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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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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One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of 89 minutes and an added piano music score. See more »

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Opening title card: Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.
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Not Great As Silent
20 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 wife's 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.

This should be a slam dunk, a script from Oscar Wilde directed by Ernst Lubitsch. But as others have pointed out, Lubitsch humor required a little bit more... the talking helps the wit get across, and the general feel here just is sort of jerky.

What scores are available I do not know. The version I watched had the same sort of piano riff played over and over again. It worked, and was far better than watching it in silence (true "silent" films are obnoxious) but it seemed lacking, and I imagine much more could have been done with the right organ music.


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