1931. USA. Jacques Feyder. 85 min.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1931. USA. Directed by Jacques Feyder. With Ramon Novarro, Helen Chandler, Jean Hersholt. Matinee idol Ramon Novarro stars in this MGM-produced Arthur Schnitzler adaptation as Willi Kasda, a charming playboy and a loyal lieutenant in Imperial Guard. He falls for a woman beneath his station—the beautiful young music teacher Laura Taub (Helen Chandler)—but a gambling debt to a scornful rival (Jean Hersholt) may compel him to accede to the wishes of his uncle, General von Hartz (C. Aubrey Smith), by marrying the daughter of a wealthy family. Director Jacques Feyder, who was previously known for two classics of silent cinema, Visages d’enfants and the Greta Garbo melodrama The Kiss, shows a light touch with his actors and his camerawork, anticipating Max Ophuls’s far more successful efforts at adapting Schnitzler in Liebelei, Letter from an Unknown Woman, and La Ronde. Courtesy La Cinémathèque française. 85 min.