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Perfect Understanding (1933)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  11 March 1933 (USA)
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A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

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Ivan Ronnson
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Lord Portleigh
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George Drayton
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Kitty Drayton
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Sir John Fitzmaurice
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Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice
O.B. Clarence ...
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Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Graham
Peter Gawthorne ...
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Rosalinde Fuller ...
Cook
Miles Malleson ...
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Herbert Lomas ...
Bradley - Nick's Counsel
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A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

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Casamento Liberal  »

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Rowland V. Lee was replaced as director by Cyril Gardner, who had originally been signed to edit the film. See more »

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I Love You So Much That I Hate You
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Sullivan
Lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Gloria Swanson
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Norma Desmond's film
21 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gloria Swanson had formed a film company just to make this film. Unfortunately, this is precisely the type of film that her most famous character, Norma Desmond, likely wanted to make in Sunset Boulevard.

It is really a silent film with dialog replacing the text screens. The actors make grand extravagant gestures, turn their faces to and fro while fluttering their eyelids. The incessant music swells at appropriate moments to indicate high drama. The dialog seems like a nuisance to be summarily added and neglected - after all Swanson had done pretty well for all those years without dialog - why worry about that now.

The quite modern premise of the film, a semi-open marriage, and the conflict brought on by the juxtaposition of the end of the flapper era avant-garde attitudes with the conservative Victorian mores ensconced in the judicial attitude towards divorce should have made the film more interesting that it was.

However, the only real interest and tension is generated by incredible boat race where cocktails are drunk at every station to make the race more difficult! Prohibition was about to be repealed and the celebration of alcohol consumption in such stark contrast to today's attitudes is fascinating.

Tighter editing, better pacing and dialog might have made this worthwhile. As is, it is a curio from the early years of sound, and of interest to the historian and perhaps to the film buff as a primer on the world of Norma Desmond.


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