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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!
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.Published 18 months ago by Beverley Chong
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ketch
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Elaine Bourne Kent
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 morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Mae Tinee
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.
Erich von Stroheim directs and plays Count Wladislaw Sergius Karamzin (Capt. 3rd Hussars Imper. Russian Army). Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Alberto M. Barral
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 morePublished on May 7, 2001 by Gelvin