Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 278: Sun Oct 9

Foolish Wives (Von Stroheim, 1922): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2.15pm

66th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th - 16th October 2022) DAY 5

Every day (from October 5th to October 16th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening.

BFI review:
Erich Von Stroheim wrote, directed and starred in this ambitious melodrama about a charlatan who poses as a Russian count and cavalry officer, and lives by defrauding naive women in luxury hotels. Envisaged by Von Stroheim as a six-hour Zola-esque saga, with lavish Monte Carlo sets rebuilt on the California coast, he was obliged by Universal to squeeze his ambitions into a more conventional feature film format, and the surviving print was cut further for an ultimately abandoned 1928 re-release. It is this version that has been intelligently restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and MoMA, who have returned the original sequencing, tinting and intertitles to give us the best possible impression of this extraordinary director’s vision, and his startlingly sleazy performance.
Bryony Dixon

Here (and above) is an extract.

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