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The Garden of Eden (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 4 February 1928 (USA)
Toni Le Brun, a beautiful Viennese singer, becomes the ward of the wardrobe mistress of a Monte Carlo nightclub. Her benefactor, however, is actually a baroness incognito. Toni falls in ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Hanns Kräly (screen version) (as Hans Kraly), Avery Hopwood (based on the play adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Corinne Griffith ... Toni Lebrun
Louise Dresser ... Rosa
Lowell Sherman ... Henri D'Avril
Maude George ... Madame Bauer
Charles Ray ... Richard Dupont
Edward Martindel ... Col. Dupont
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Toni Le Brun, a beautiful Viennese singer, becomes the ward of the wardrobe mistress of a Monte Carlo nightclub. Her benefactor, however, is actually a baroness incognito. Toni falls in love with the handsome Richard, but as they prepare to marry, she comes to believe he is only after the wealth accompanying her new noble status. But truth, like true love, will not be kept secret long. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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CORINNE GRIFFITH in "THE GARDEN OF EDEN" In Modern Dress (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Garten Eden See more »

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Feature Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A dream sequence running 277 feet was filmed in two-strip Technicolor and occurs near the beginning of the film. See more »

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In 2002, Flicker Alley, LLC copyrighted a new version with an organ score arranged and conducted by 'Robert Israel (II)'. It was produced by and runs 79 minutes. See more »

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Masterpiece of silent cinema
16 January 2005 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

This would have been one of my recommendations if it had nothing else but Corinne Griffith starring in it.

She is, as usual, marvelous. And beautiful. And charming. As usual.

But in addition, it is magnificently directed by Lewis Mileston. He has created a visual masterpiece of the silent cinema.

I remember some of my film school classmates (too many years ago) being so impressed by "The Scarlet Letter," and exclaiming how modern it looked.

Too many people think movies went from "The Great Train Robbery" to Chaplin shorts to "The Jazz Singer." They just don't know how films evolved.

Later silent films often used a very mobile camera that made them more "movies" than many early talkies.

"The Garden of Eden" is a prize example of how to enhance a story with visuals. Milestone used pictures to make this motion picture tell the tale, although there were lots of intertitles. (Another example is "Lady Windermere's Fan," based on a story by the very verbal Oscar Wilde but still made enjoyable to watch by director Ernst Lubitsch's photographic technique.) "The Garden of Eden" is fun, well acted, beautifully directed, and more than worth the hour-and-a-half it takes to watch.


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