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Foolish Wives [Blu-ray]
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"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.
The film opens in Monte Carlo -- "Europe's playground" --, and we are immediately taken to Villa Amo Rosa, "secluded and leased for the season by three members of the Russian aristocracy (or so we are told): Princess Olga Petchnikoff (Maude George), Princess Vera Petchnikoff (Mae Busch), and their cousin, Count Wladislaw Sergius Karamzin (also a Captain in the Russian Army)." They also have a maid, Maruschka (Dale Fuller), who is clandestinely in love with Count Karamzin. They live an apparent idyllic life - caviar for breakfast--, but in the underneath, they are in desperate need of money. Enter Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hughes (Rudolph Christians and Miss Dupont, respectively), who would be arriving to Monaco, with Mr. Hughes being the commissioner plenipotentiary from the United States. Mr. Hughes would be meeting Monaco's officials to present them with his credentials. Count Karamzin immediately sees an opportunity there, and eventually befriends them, with the objective of conquering Mrs, Hughes' heart (and money), telling them that he wanted to be a "kind protector" to them.Read more ›
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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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 23 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 on January 16, 2014 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 on December 12, 2013 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 NYLUX
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