Passion (TEFC)

Germany, 1919

Film
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The rise and fall of a shopgirl (Pola Negri in her screen debut) who became the mistress of Louis XV in her ruthless pursuit of wealth and influence, was a landmark in German cinema, and a runaway box office success internationally. Great care was taken with historical accuracy in both costuming and design but Lubitsch’s primary interest was in character, plot and spectacle not in historical reconstruction. Although attacked by Left critics for ignoring the social and political significance of the Revolution, Lubitsch was not apolitical in his approach either in this film or subsequently. He maintains an ironic detachment which allows for complexity of characterisation and in his own way here portrays the realities of wealth and power. This silent film is accompanied with English intertitles.

Credits

Duration

01:29:22:00

Production places
Germany
Production dates
1919

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

31753

Subject categories

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Germany

History → Courtesans

History → France - History - 18th century

Silent films

Sound/audio

Silent

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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