Uwafs Presents Foolish Wives (1922), Dir. Erich Von Stroheim

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Uwafs Presents Foolish Wives (1922), Dir. Erich Von Stroheim
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Screenings resume with one of several masterpieces by a great auteur of the silent era, Erich von Stroheim. Maude George, Mae Busch and Von Stroheim himself, play crooks masquerading as members of the Russian nobility, sinning by the rivieria in Monte Carlo (amidst some of the most decadent sets ever), conning diplomat's wives and ultimately, getting their just desserts.

Known, and often hated by his studio exec's, for his egotism and his monumental spending and run-times (Stroheim had originally intended Foolish Wives to run anywhere between 6 and 10 hours), Stroheim is a considerable figure to reckon with and Foolish Wives is one of his best films.

Sergius Karamzin (Erich von Stroheim) is a con artist who pretends to be a count in order to charm and swindle naïve women for money. He lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with his cousins, "princesses" Olga (Maude George) and Vera (Mae Busch), who are in on his scams. When Karamzin meets American diplomat Andrew Hughes (Rudolph Christians), the count immediately takes aim at his wife, Helen (Miss DuPont). But Karamzin soon finds he has double-crossed too many women.
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By: UWA Film Society