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Silent Cinema

Open All Night (aka One Parisian Night)

This comedy of manners, set in Paris, features a couple tempted by other romantic possibilities.

Unfortunately, Bryony Dixon - BFI Curator, is now unable to introduce this screening. We hope this will not affect your enjoyment of this silent comedy on 35mm from the Library of Congress. 

Image from Open All Night (aka One Parisian Night) + intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon

Photograph: Paramount Pictures

USA 1924
Dir Paul Bern
With Viola Dana, Jetta Goudal, Adolphe Menjou, Gale Henry
63min
35mm
Certificate U
With live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley

This comedy of manners, set in Paris, features a dissatisfied wife (Dana) who makes the common error of equating male rough treatment with passion, while her mild-mannered husband (played with his usual aplomb by Menjou) finds his own head turned... A six-day bicycle race offers a potential change for both, and an excuse for perpetually sozzled bon vivant Igor (Raymond Griffith) to supply the comedy – as always, he steals the show.

BD

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