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The Constance Talmadge Double Feature (Her Night of Romance / Her Sister From Paris)

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While elder sister Norma devoted herself to tear-stained romance and tragedy, Constance Talmadge carved out her own reputation in a series of bubbly, Lubitsch-flavored comedies. Often appearing as the virtuous vamp, (a mesmerizing beauty who could be naughty yet nice), Constance had looks and comic timing that are as modern today as they were eighty years ago. In HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE, an heiress traveling in England disguises herself to discourage fortune-hunters. She falls in love with a handsome nobleman (Ronald Colman) who is secretly impoverished. When they spend a night alone at his former estate, they are forced to pretend that they are married, a situation that threatens to unravel their storybook romance just as it is getting started. HER SISTER FROM PARIS allowed Talmadge to demonstrate her comic range in dual roles: a frumpy-but-faithful housewife and her sophisticated twin sister. When a hausfrau s husband (Colman) begins to lose interest in his wife, the arrival of her twin, a dancer and woman of the world, provides just the right impetus to reinvigorate their relationship. Talmadge was truly an icon of the silent screen. At the end of the era, she chose (without regret) to retire from motion pictures and enjoy her personal life, without ever having made a talkie.

HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE U.S. 1924 B&W 85 Min. 1.33:1 Directed by Sidney Franklin Produced by Joseph M. Schenck Screenplay by Hanns Kräly With Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Jean Hersholt, Sidney Bracey, Albert Gran Music composed and performed by Bruce Loeb

HER SISTER FROM PARIS U.S. 1925 B&W 74 Min. 1.33:1 Directed by Sidney Franklin Produced by Joseph M. Schenck Screenplay by Hanns Kräly Based on the play by Ludwig Fulda With Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, George K. Arthur, Gertrude Claire Music composed and performed by Judith Rosenberg

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Product Details

  • Actors: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, George K. Arthur, Jean Hersholt
  • Directors: Sidney Franklin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 1 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
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The Talmadge sisters: Norma, Constance and Natalie. Three women who were known for their work in the 1910-1929 and also for their personal lives as Norma was married to millionaire producer Joseph Schenk, Natalie who was briefly married to silent film superstar Natalie while Constance was married to John Pialoglu (in a double wedding along with Dorothy Gish and James Rennie) and three other men.

But Constance Talmadge was known as the blonde Talmadge, known for her work with D.W. Griffith especially for the 1916 film "Intolerance" and from 1914 through 1929, in her 15-year movie career, Constance had made over 80 silent films.

But unfortunately, many of her films are lost. Fortunately, KINO International has released "The Constance Talmadge Collection" (as well as "The Nora Talmadge Collection") containing her 1924 film "Her Night of Romance" and her 1925 film "Her Sister from Paris" which are her later silent films.

"Her Night of Romance" is a film about the Adams family. Samuel C. Adams (played by Albert Gran) is a multi-millionaire and his daughter Dorothy (played by Constance Talmadge) who are traveling to England to see a specialist for his daughter's heart trouble.

Dorothy knows that their arrival is going to be printed in newspapers and that all these men will be going after to her for her money, so she tries her best to look as unattractive on photos as possible.

While leaving from her ship, she accidentally trips and falls, but is caught by Paul Menford (played by Ronald Colman). Immediately the two are smitten with each other but what chances will they ever see each other again?

Meanwhile, we learn that Paul is actually a lord, but an impoverished British lord who is planning to sell his manor.
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I bought this to see Ronald Colman. He is gorgeous and plays an upper class gentleman in both. Perfectly suited roles and he dresses so well! Both films turned out to be surprise delights to me. Constance Talmadge is great! Her style reminds me of Carol Burnett. She's really fun! Both films also had some slightly racy parts! Ah, pre-Code! The actor who plays Bob in "Her Sister from Paris," George K. Arthur, is adorable! He also appears in Ronald Colman's "Kiki" with another Talmadge sister. That film is even racier!! These are both romantic comedies. "Her Sister from Paris" has some wonderful mid-20s Deco Moderne decoration. "Her Night of Romance" is set in England. There is some bubbling and loss of image in places, but overall the picture quality is excellent, and I am ever so grateful for the restoration work. Truly fun films. Forget modern films that are set in the 20s. See the real deal! Ok, these are obviously sets and everyone is playing dress-up, but the clothes, cars, furniture, and people are still the real deal. The films are so good that I didn't even realize they weren't talking, I was just reading! I turned the sound down on both as I am not a fan of piano or organ, so I can't comment on the music.
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I am so glad that Kino brought out this DVD, it is a real treat to get to watch Constance 'Dutch' Talmadge in these great old silent films. This lovely actress brings grace and character as well as polished comedy to the silent screen. The accompaniment is good, too, very much what you would have heard during the era on the piano under the capable hands of Bruce Loeb and Judith Rosenberg. Ronald Colman does what he can with the part, but Connie puts it away. Bravo!
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Having seen Constance Talmadge in "The Primitive Lover" (1922) and having especially enjoyed her lively performance with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr in "The Matrimaniac" (1916), I had a good idea what to expect from this great new Kino release, but I was still pleasantly surprised and impressed by these two excellent films. Not only is Constance at her bubbly best, but other talents such as handsome co-star Ronald Colman and renowned art director, William Cameron Menzies, add even more charm and appeal to both these films. Visually, both movies are a real pleasure to watch simply due to Menzies' aesthetic style and fine attention to detail; from costumes to houses and interiors. Combined with witty intertitles, these light and easy-going romantic comedies will remind viewers of the Lubitsch style in their sophistication and smoothness. Constance and Ronald Colman co-star in both "Her Night of Romance" and "Her Sister from Paris", making a good team as each add their own personal touches to the characters. Constance is lively and expressive, confident in her role as the silent screen icon that she was, having appeared in over 80 roles during the silent era. Her sweet and charming nature, combined with skillful comic acting, made her a beloved star of many popular romantic comedies. In "Her Night of Romance", a good and satisfying story brings out the best in the stars: Ronald Colman seeking a way out of financial troubles by making a deal with a dubious character (superbly played by Jean Hersholt) to marry a wealthy heiress, only to find that he has truly fallen in love with her.Read more ›
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