This oscar-nominated musical remake of The Marriage Circle was originally George Cukor's baby, but Lubitsch took over the he...
This oscar-nominated musical remake of The Marriage Circle was originally George Cukor's baby, but Lubitsch took over the helm, resulting in a famous lawsuit. However, Cukor later conceded: "I could never make a Lubitsch film." The scene is transposed from Vienna to Paris, and focus shifted from the unhappily married "philanderess"' schemes to steal her best friend's husband, to revel in the sheer verve and sexual desirability of Chevalier and MacDonald - both to others and to each other. Overlapping lines, recitative song interludes and Chevalier's direct address to the camera invite audience complicity in the characters' transgressions and set the film apart from "all-singing" Hollywood musicals.