Friday, December 9, 2011

Blind Husbands - 1919


Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Director:  Erich von Stroheim
Writers: Erich von Stroheim (screenplay), Erich von Stroheim (story), and Lillian Ducey  (titles)
Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington and Erich von Stroheim
Release Date: 21 October 1919 (USA)
Also known as:  A Lei das Montanhas (Portugal);  Asszonybecsület (Hungary); Blinde Ehemänner (Austria); Corazón olvidado (Spain);  Die Rache der Berge (Áustria) La loi des montagnes (France); Mariti ciechi (Italy); Slepi mezowie (Poland); The Pinnacle (USA - working title)
Budget: $42,000 (estimated)
Production company: Universal Film Manufacturing Company (as Universal-Jewel Production de Luxe)
Runtime: 92 min (18 fps)  | Germany: 99 min (18 fps) (Berlin International Film Festival)  | Austria: 99 min (18 fps)  | UK: 99 min (DVD release)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Trivia: 422 different titles were considered for the adaptation of "The Pinacle". The eventual choice was made by New York exhibitors from a shortlist of eight.
Erich von Stroheim had to agree to wave fees as writer and director in order to make this first film as writer director. However, he still got $200 a week to star.
Goofs: Revealing mistakes: In one shot, when the wife walks across her bedroom, a spotlight beam is visible on the ground following her.
Plot keywords: Alps; Dog; Mountain; Rescue; Husband Wife Relationship; Mountain Climbing; Doctor; Philanderer
Genres: Drama | Romance
An Austrian military officer and roue' attempts to seduce the wife of a surgeon. The two men confront each other in a test of abilities that ends surprisingly.

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