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Screenwriter: Ernst Lubitsch

Producer: Agnes Christine Johnson, Hanns Kräly

Cinamatographer: Pola Negri, Adolphe Menjou, Rod La Rocque, Pauline Stark, Clark Gable

Music: Charles Van Enger



 

Forbidden Paradise

narrative • USA • 1924 • DCP • 73 MIN

section: Restorations and Rediscoveries

As they fill major gaps in our appreciation of Ernst Lubitsch's silent-era career in Hollywood, we rejoice in the painstaking restorations from New York's Museum of Modern Art of Rosita (also screening at this year's WFF) and now, Forbidden Paradise, available in its most complete version in nearly 100 years. This was Lubitsch's only American film with the great silent star Pola Negri, with whom he had collaborated on six previous features in Europe. Negri stars in a delightfully ahistorical costume melodrama about the erotic seductions and lonely deprivations of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Forbidden Paradise reveals itself to be what MoMA curator Dave Kehr calls "the first fully achieved film of Lubitsch's mature period," graced as it is with the comic touches and sophisticated rhythmic compositions for which Lubitsch would become legendary. Live piano by David Drazin. Restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation with funding provided by George Lucas Family Foundation. (JH)
 

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