The Merry Widow

1925, Movie, NR, 137 mins

Erich von Stroheim's THE MERRY WIDOW is a very free adaptation of the famous operetta (previously filmed in 1912, and remade by Lubitsch in 1934, and again as a Technicolor Lana Turner musical in 1952), which, since it's a silent film, jettisons the music, and replaces it with Stroheim's customary portrait of decadent European royalty and touches of morbid romanticism.

Prince Danilo (John Gilbert) and his cousin Crown Prince Mirko (Roy D'Arcy) of the Kingdom of Monteblanco meet Sally O'Hara (Mae Murray), a Manhattan Follies dancer on tour, and both seek to seduce her. Sally favors the dashing Danilo over the sadistic Mirko, and while she's dining with Danilo in...

Released: 1925 Rated: NR Length: 137 mins

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