Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: FOOLISH WIVES

Saturday, October 22, 2011

4:00 PM

(USA/1922-directed by Erich von Stroheim)

As cinematically brilliant as it is gleefully perverse (despite the studio's post-production censorship) the still-amazing 1922 Foolish Wives is the legendary Erich von Stroheim's epic-scale account of an American diplomat's wife who falls under the spell of a conniving, phony Russian count (von Stroheim at his most arrogantly and outrageously entertaining). With his trademark eye for witty visual suggestiveness and startling detail, von Stroheim infuses the aristocratic splendor of Monte Carlo (rebuilt in all its full-scale majesty on the Universal pictures backlot in Hollywood) with a fully convincing air of moral depravity. The result is a one-of-a-kind entertainment that remains no less fascinating today than when it opened - nearly 90 years ago. Live piano accompaniment for this performance by David Drazin. (140 min.)

"Still overpowering... a thick mixture of fetishistic sophistication and sentimentality. Has any other filmmaker made carnal desire so revolting?" –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m.