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THE MERRY WIDOW

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Part of the seriesVON STROHEIM

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LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT BY STEVE STERNER

(1925) Duel of temperaments, on and off-screen: dictatorial von Stroheim battled both producer Irving Thalberg and willful star Mae Murray, while Murray’s eponymous widow keeps marrying other people to enrage John Gilbert’s Montenegran Prince Danilo. Memorable sequence: the blindfolded, half-naked, orchestra serenading a drunken orgy. Print courtesy Austrian Filmmuseum, Vienna. 

REVIEWS

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"Pleasingly lavish. Stroheim enlivens the proceedings with as much sexual pathology as he can sneak in."
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Has lost none of its bite and visual elegance with the years."
– Georges Sadoul

"Stroheim transformed the Lehár operetta into a revelation of aristocratic decadence, sadism, and moral squalor."
– Richard Koszarski

"Stylish. Stroheim makes everything possible out of the grotesqueries, most notably the baron's foot fetishism."
Time Out (London)

"Has a lightness of touch and a grace of movement suggesting a presound musical, with an idealized fairy-tale landscape."
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment

"The operetta romance is fully indulged: there are lavish sets by Richard Day, and lustrous photography by Ben Reynolds and William Daniels... Stroheim's treatment of the flimsy world in The Merry Widow is scathing and pungent."
– David Thomson