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Foolish Wives [Blu-ray] (1922)

Rudolph Christians , Miss Dupont , Eric Von Stroheim  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rudolph Christians, Miss Dupont, Eric Von Stroheim
  • Directors: Eric Von Stroheim
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As artistically brilliant as it is gleefully perverse, Foolish Wives is Erich von Stroheim's epic-scale account of an American diplomat's wife (Miss Dupont) who falls under the spell of a phony Russian Count (von Stroheim). With his trademark eye for visual metaphor and gritty detail, von Stroheim infuses the artistocratic splendor of Monte Carlo (rebuilt in all its majesty on the Universal backlot) with an air of moral depravity. The result is a Grimm's fairy tale romance that is no less fascinating today than it was 80 years ago. First time ever on Blu-ray!

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLAST FROM THE PAST December 21, 2000
In 1922, Universal Pictures commissioned Erich von Stroheim to direct, write, and star in "Foolish Wives". His first film, "Blind Husbands",was quite a hit. His second film, "Devil's Passkey", has turned to dust. Prof. Arthur Lennig has edited the clearest scenes from 2 Italian versions of this ancient classic, and for the first time you may see and own the most complete edition of "Foolish Wives" in startling DVD. Green and orange sepia toned sequences alter the mood and story. "Foolish Wives" opens with von Stroheim munching on real caviar and Russian cigarettes as he gazes out of his oceanside chateau with his two female consorts. This begins his story of a bogus European count out to defraud and seduce unwary American tourists' wives. The first film to sport a Million Dollar budget, von Stroheim reconstructed an authentic replica of the Monte Carlo casino on the Universal back lot. A tour of Universal Studios today reveals no trace of this once famous set. I recommend this tale of kinky sex and mild debauchery as it winds down to a surprise ending. Just three years later, he directed "Greed" at MGM. It is now considered among the one-or-two greatest films of alltime. Eventually, Hollywood studios barred Erich von Stroheim from directing any more lavish, expensive epics. They said his style was over-rated. They've been copying and re-inventing it ever since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Foolish Wives" : One of Stroheim's Best! October 8, 2000
Erich Von Stroheim was an absolute genius and brought the art of movie making to new heights. In a time when many films consisted of room shots with the individuals in frame overacting to compensate for the lack of sound, Stroheim was developing complex characters, plot twists and subtle nuances. He understood that a certain look, movement of the eyes, or quick smile could tell an audience more about a character than 10 title cards.
"Foolish Wives" is genuinely wonderful film that shows Erich Von Stroheim at one of his best moments; Not only writing & directing, but starring in the film itself as a hoaxing opportunist very much addicted to using women and very much in need of money. He finds a vulnerable woman that allows him to begin weaving his web of seduction over her emotional and financial state.
"Foolish Wives" is an excellent film, compared to silents and talkies alike, "Foolish Wives" holds it's own.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will someone please do a remake of this? December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Von Stroheim's tale of a foolish wife of an American Ambassador falling for a lecherous and amoral count (Von Stroheim) still has the power to fascinate and manipulate audiences. Stroheim's attention to detail gives amazing psychological depth to the characters with some lurid details thrown in for good measure. A tale of amorality that almost goes too far until it is all redeemed with the lead character being dumped in a sewer-where he belonged. A great film with a dramatic story that holds up quite well today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable film! February 3, 2005
Once more the genius of Erich von Stroheim can be appreciated in this superb and mature film. The astonishing handle of the camera and the facial expressions have in him an eloquent and perfect ambassador. Sobriety, charm and exquisite good taste are the real difference.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good master of ancient material August 31, 2008
By Phil S.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very interesting story of deception among the jet set before there was one.
Eric von Stroheim plays a real Count who dishonors his home and visiting country by enlisting two fake cousins in his schemes to extract wealth from Monte Carlo vacationers. When he's not pursuing rich married women, he's "borrowing" from the Housekeeper he has promised to marry.
One of the "cousins" is Mae Busch in an early role. Known better as "Mrs. Hardy" or L & H's nemesis in many Laurel and Hardy films, it's fun to watch her strut her stuff: the character is similiar to the one from "Chickens Come Home", from about 10 years later.
Great sets, costumes; interesting camera angles; tintype effect. New musical soundtrack is a solo piano, beautifully incorporated.
Viewer should know that the film conatins some very disturbing racial
content, of course, typical of the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foolish Wives DVD March 10, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I wanted to see a Von Stroheim movie and then Amazon answered my wish. It's long but I could see why his work is both praised and damned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE! January 16, 2014
By Ketch
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Love the silents....and everything that Von Stroheim was involved in. Fun to see what was "scandalous" back in the 20's and doesn't even rise to "what tha'!" now. Best, Kerry
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The foolish wife is fooled by Stroheim's masquerade as a poor, but...
Stroheim was a unique filmmaker and actor. The setting is Monte Carlo in 1921 with Stroheim, Gladys George and Mae Busch as frauds and blackmailers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elaine Bourne Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Foolish Wives
They called him "the man you loved to hate," and that might have been the feeling that some moviegoers had for director Erich Von Stroheim. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carlos E. Velasquez
4.0 out of 5 stars My I light your cigarette?
This is stereotype Von Stroheim, in real life he is not a "Von" a man from a titled family. He is a rogue, theft, but looks good in a military uniform. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mae Tinee
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment on FOOLISH WIVES
FOOLISH WIVES is a great old film. Stroheim had a keen eye for the bizarre and for details. This DVD has its flaws
but all in all quite acceptable.
Published 21 months ago by James Bertin
3.0 out of 5 stars Montecarlo as Sin City: Interesting but LONG Psychological Perspective
Erich von Stroheim directs and plays Count Wladislaw Sergius Karamzin (Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army). Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Alberto M. Barral
5.0 out of 5 stars "Foolish Wives" - A 1920's Costumer Designer's Delight
My main interest in Erich von Stroheim's 1922 silent film classic "Foolish Wives" is in the use of lavish background sets and the glittering costumes which represent... Read more
Published on May 7, 2001 by Gelvin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best american silent films!
Erich Von Stroheim was a genius, if there a god in heaven he will help the humanity to find the missing two howrs that had been cut by the producers! Read more
Published on August 26, 2000 by kofifo walah
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