Silent Cinema

Cinema and History
"Madame Dubarry" (1919) by Ernst Lubitsch

19, 20 January 2018

Madame Dubarry (1919, Germany) by Ernst Lubitsch, with Pola Negri, Emil Jannigs and Reinhold Schünzel (108')
Presentation: Sonia García López

Like Anna Boleyn (1920), Madame DuBarry is one of Ernst Lubitsch’s early films and was made in the German film studio UFA. Its huge success would allow the director to embark on a large production like Anna Boleyn and to take the plunge into Hollywood soon after.

It tells of the central character’s social advancement as Louis XV’s mistress, until the end of her life, in 1793, when she was guillotined during the French Revolution. Between the scenes of the Court of Versailles and the comic episodes with the king, the film depicts the age of the French Revolution, which allegorically refers to the future of Germany in Lubitsch’s time. Madame DuBarry was renamed “Passion” by its American distributor, although anti-German protests led it to be withdrawn from cinemas in the United States.

On Saturday, the video of the presentation recorded the day before will be shown.