Review: ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’

This is not as good a picture as one might expect from Ernst Lubitsch. The trouble is not with the director, but with those who selected the story for him to direct. The tempo of this Oscar Wilde play is not that which Lubitsch can most effectively handle. Farce is his forte, and here they gave him a comedy-drama which is in reality almost melodrama and expect him to be at his best. He is good, but far from at his best.

This is not as good a picture as one might expect from Ernst Lubitsch. The trouble is not with the director, but with those who selected the story for him to direct. The tempo of this Oscar Wilde play is not that which Lubitsch can most effectively handle. Farce is his forte, and here they gave him a comedy-drama which is in reality almost melodrama and expect him to be at his best. He is good, but far from at his best.

Lady Windermere’s Fan is an English society drama. Beautifully cast in so far as the five leading players are concerned, well acted by them, and with clever touches of the director’s art furnished by Lubitsch. The whole, however, finally evolves into nothing more nor less than a good program picture.

Lady Windermere's Fan

Production

Warner. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Julien Josephson; Camera Charles Van Enger

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1925. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Ronald Colman Irene Rich May McAvoy Bert Lytell Edward Martindel
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