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Movie Matinee: Toronto Silent Film Festival - 'So This Is Paris'

Hosted by the Consul of the Toronto Film Enthusiasts Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 14 Apr 13:00 - 15:00

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Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
1926

Ticket link in comments. Book for the 1.30pm show on Sunday, April 14.

Join us for an afternoon of fun for what has been described as a naughty, savvy, wickedly delicious comedy of errors-Parisian style!

Lubitsch’s remarkable series of marital mishap comedies earned him the reputation as one of Hollywood’s most elegant and sophisticated directors, commonly summed up as “the Lubitsch Touch”.

Reality and fantasy crosscut in a comic, love quadrangle amongst the Parisian upper class. He adds to the mental and physical kinetics with a phenomenally psychedelic avant-garde dance sequence that author Scott Eyman writes “amount to one of the silent cinema’s most audacious leap toward the musical.”

Reminiscent of Lubitsch’s earlier Marriage Circle, it conveys an almost Oscar Wilde attitude in its loopy homage to Parisian mores.

Happily married Suzanne notices her new neighbours across from her window to be an extraordinary couple of “expressive dancers”. While she inwardly fantasizes about the almost constant state of undress of the striking male dancer, she is “shocked” enough to send her dutiful, dull husband over to complain about the “lack of morality”. That knock on their door sets in motion a chain of events that only a maestro like Lubitsch could conduct.

Please message Lisa directly once you've bought your ticket and she'll let you know if we decide to go for a drink afterwards and where.

See you there!