The Merry Widow
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The Merry Widow
This silent adaptation of Franz Lehar's famous operetta (in which precious little of the original story was retained) was a rare event in Erich Von Stroheim's directorial career -- a critical and commercial success that the director was also able to complete according to his wishes (though in the latter years of his life, he would claim that the film's final moments were forced upon him by studio brass intent on a happier ending). Prince Danilo (John Gilbert) and Crown Prince Mirko (Roy D'Arcy) are two brothers in the Ruritanian royal family who are notorious womanizers,… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though seemingly a typical Hollywood escapist film it still evokes something more poetical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stroheim revels in the mind-blowing decadence of the playground of royal existence..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
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