The Love Parade
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch
Scrs: Ernest Vajda, Guy Bolton
Orig Story: The Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof and Jules Chancel
Pho: Victor Milner
Ed: Merrill G. White
Music: W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Oscar Potoker, Max Terr
Prod Co: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Lupino Lane
1929 / B&W / 35mm / English / 107min
This is a chestnut of a Hollywood musical that has exerted great influence on Chinese and Hong Kong cinemas. It’s the first sound film of the great director Ernst Lubitsch and the screen debut of musical star Jeanette MacDonald, who’s paired with the veteran Maurice Chevalier, a European transplant. A witty comedy set in the fictional European country Sylvania, The Love Parade is an exemplary work of early sound cinema, with ample doses of Lubitsch’s fabled touch and beautifully staged musical numbers. The film was very popular in China, spawning an imitation Cantonese opera and later two films, including the delightful 1957 product of the same English title, made by MP & GI and directed by Tso Kea.
The print for this screening is restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Joyce Yang
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