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Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)

A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (by), Julien Josephson (adapted to the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Lord Darlington
May McAvoy ... Lady Windermere
Bert Lytell ... Lord Windermere
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Erlynne
Edward Martindel ... Lord Augustus Lorton (as Edw. Martindel)
Carrie Daumery ... The Duchess of Berwick (as Mme. Daumery)
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1926 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Windermeres Fächer See more »

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Budget:

$320,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Following the successful telecasts of Othello (1922) and _'The Eagle (1925)_, New York City's WJZ (Channel 7), began a series of silent film feature presentations, shown more or less in their entirety, which aired intermittently for the next twelve months. This feature was initially broadcast Thursday 27 January 1949. See more »

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Opening title card: Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.
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Version of Historia de una mala mujer (1948) See more »

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good, but not Lubitsch's best
3 July 2006 | by claudecatSee all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewers that Lubitsch did a great job reworking parts of Wilde's play to make it suitable for silent film, and adding some of his signature touches. But I don't think the movie stands up to some of his later pieces, such as "Trouble in Paradise" and "Design for Living" (also reworked from a famous play, to good advantage). "Lady Windermere's Fan" is much more slow-paced, which can make it hard for a modern viewer, and not all of the characters are as interesting. However, the performances are good, especially the marvelous Irene Rich (whose high-fashion costumes are endlessly entertaining), the production values are high, and if you have the patience, you will be rewarded with some nice little bits of Lubitsch's social observation. It's interesting to consider how drastically attitudes toward male-female relations have changed over the decades: the film's plot depends on beliefs that have mostly, and rightfully, vanished. In contrast to convention, Lubitsch obviously enjoyed helping Rich create an older woman who was fascinating and sexually powerful.


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