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So This is Paris

Live Musical Accompaniment
Screening on Film
Recently Restored
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
With Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman.
US, 1926, 35mm, black & white, silent, 70 min.
Print source: Library of Congress

From the very opening scenes, Lubitsch cleverly toys with visual representation and audience expectation as reality and fantasy crisscross in a comic, primal love quadrangle among the cultivated and wealthy. Filled with early indicators of the infamous Lubitsch touch—deceptive guises, traded identities, delicate suggestion and innuendo—that assumes a sophisticated audience who want to participate as much as consume. Here, the director adds to the mental and physical kinetics with surreal animations and a phenomenally kaleidoscopic, avant-garde dance sequence.

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