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"Dinner at Eight:" a pre-Code classic that took full advantage in racy dialogue,

costuming, and acting: no French film ever made as much of brazen philandering! The great director George Cukor ("My Fair Lady," "The Philadelphia Story," "Gaslight,""A Star is Born") assembled an all-star cast: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery--- and the most beautiful and talented actress I'd never heard of, Helen Morley (Mrs. Talbot).

This is 1933, and you get a very palpable feel for the Depression--- and the hostility between the classes it amplified. One actress in a minor role, whom I've never seen before, is excellent: keep your eyes out for Jean Harlow's maid: she just about steals every scene from Jean.

Criterion Channel.

For those who enjoy Lubitsch, this film is just as good as his best...


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Topic - "Dinner at Eight:" a pre-Code classic that took full advantage in racy dialogue, - tinear 07:38:23 09/06/21 (0)

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