Monday, November 10, 2008

Foolish Wives

Foolish Wives is a 1922 silent film directed by and also starring Erich von Stroheim (Grand Illusion, Great Gabbo, Sunset Boulevard).

The first half of this has been at youtube for months, but the second half is still not there. The entire movie is available at Internet Archive without English translation. The Italian doesn't help me. calls this film "one of the most stunning of the silent era". Slant Magazine calls it one of the 100 Essential Films and describes it as
a seductive film, but it's also supremely sad because Von Stroheim sees something morally and emotionally debilitating in the way his characters forcibly cling to facades

This is one of the 25 films selected in 2008 by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry.

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