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The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Cast: Wallace Reid, Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, more...
Director: Cecil B. DeMille, Cecil B. DeMille
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Silent, Silent Dramas, Silent Drama
Running Time: 117 min.
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Synopsis
Cecil B. DeMille's much-maligned cinemadaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's The Affairs of Anatol holds up better than its reputation suggests. Wallace Reid stars as New York socialite Anatol DeWitt Spencer, who after only a few day's marriage has become bored with his new bride Vivian (Gloria Swanson). In search of new romantic vistas, Anatole takes up his old flame Emilie (Wanda Hawley), who repays the "favor" by two-timing him. Briefly returning to his wife, Anatole attempts another extramarital adventure with Annie Elliot (Agnes Ayres), whose tear-stained tales of a tragic life are but a subterfuge to disguise her larcenous streak. Finally, Anatole dallies with Satan Synne (Bebe Daniels), "the wickedest woman in New York"-who turns out to be a virtuous housewife, hoping to raise money for her seriously ill husband. At long last, Anatole decides that he's better off with Vivian, who by now has grown tired of him. In reviewing The Affairs of Anatol, Photoplay magazine said laconically "Cecil B. DeMille, not Arthur Schnitzler. We leave it to you which gentleman has pleased our public more." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Filled with Stars of Silent Era by TAubuchon May 14, 2002 - 11:41 AM PDT
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This silent film is at best campy by today's standards, at the time I am sure it was a serious morality play about infidelity. Gloria Swanson was FAB! in her costumes and played the jilted wife wonderfully. It is just filled with crazy generalizations about women and their desires. Anatol, the cheating husband, though officially he doesn't cheat, deserves his fate with all those loose women, including Satan Synne, a wicked show girl with a heart of gold.




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