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21 Ratings

Forbidden Paradise

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
United States, 1924


Lubitsch teams with his favorite muse, the great actress Pola Negri, for this comedy inspired by the amorous intrigue surrounding Catherine the Great of Russia.

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Forbidden Paradise Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

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  • josé neves's rating of the film Forbidden Paradise

    35mm, rewatched. Perhaps only with DeMille and Sacha Guitry we could find such boldness and intelligence before History and its free figuration by cinema, serving it as theater, painting, novelistic novel and, above all, free extrapolation of the human arbitrariness. It's wasn't exactly the revolution that was for sale but the romancing of its fictional ball: Lubitsch touch in its entirety.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Forbidden Paradise

    Another silent Lubitsch gem starring Pola Negri, this time presented by Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive as part of their Henri Langlois series. FP uses history as a template for an allegory about empowered, sexually liberated women, and indeed, the so-called "Griffith of Europe" would soon abandon any pretense to history and pursue sexual allegories more exclusively. The pivot to comedy at the very end is delicious.

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