Kinoteka Film Festival Closing Night Gala: Forbidden Paradise
with live score by Marcin Pukaluk
Pola Negri stars in this newly restored Ernst Lubitsch feature, presented here with a brilliant live score.
Dir Ernst Lubitsch
With Pola Negri, Rod La Rocque, Adolphe Menjou, Pauline Starke
The great Polish star Pola Negri plays a notional Catherine the Great, floating around in an ahistorical limbo and a huge palace, all doors and floors – which, as MoMA’s Dave Kehr remarks, are ‘the eternal elements of Lubitsch’s mise-en-scène’. As a relief from the demands of state, the Empress amuses herself by seducing a handsome underling (La Rocque), while her Chamberlain (Menjou) keeps an eye on proceedings. This delightful melodrama is now available to enjoy in its most complete version in almost 100 years.
New digital restoration by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Part of Kinoteka 2020 kinoteka.org.uk