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The Affairs of Anatol  /  The Little American

January 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Affairs of Anatol  (1921)

The last in a string of sparkling social comedies in collaboration with Gloria Swanson, (whose star rose brilliantly under Cecil B. DeMille's tutelage) The Affairs of Anatol finds Swanson saddled with a bored and philandering husband (Wallace Reid), susceptible to the wiles of other women, or to the opportunity to "rescue" damsels in distress.  Little does the husband suspect that what's good for the gander may be good for the goose, as his wife takes an interest in his own best friend.

Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Jeanie Macpherson.  Based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler.  Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff, Karl Struss.  Cast: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Elliott Dexter, Monte Blue, Wanda Hawley.  35mm, b/w, silent, 117 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive from Cecil B. DeMille's personal 35mm nitrate print, with funding provided by The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation.

The Little American  (1917)

Mary Pickford portrays a U.S. citizen whose ship is torpedoed en route to Europe.  Arriving in France, she is reunited with two suitors, a German-American and a sympathetic French count—mediating geopolitics through a love triangle.  Coming in the midst of a career nadir for Pickford, the picture helped to sustain her stardom shortly before the creation of United Artists, Corp., which would make her effectively a mogul.

Mary Pickford Film Corp.  Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Jeanie MacPherson.  Cinematographer: Alvin Wyckoff.  Cast: Mary Pickford, James Neill, Ben Alexander, Guy Oliver, Edythe Chapman.  35mm, b/w, silent, 80 min.