Erotikon/When We Are Married (1920)
DVD9 | Run time: ~98 min | MPEG2 720x576 PAL 4:3 ~6925 kbps avg | 5.49 GB
audio: Silent - Music score by Matti Bye | Dolby AC3 6 ch ~448 Kbps | Intertitles: Swedish | Sub: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Labeled an “insolent romp” in a recent article by The Village Voice and praised for its “risque wit and cheerful amorality” in John Wakeman’s World Film Directors, Erotikon is quite possibly the cinematic granddaddy of all sophisticated comedies and one of the finest achievements of Swedish director Mauritz Stiller. Erotikon surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be in love with Preben, her husband’s best friend. Meanwhile, her husband seems to be getting unusually close with his own niece. Stiller obviously delights in teasing his audience with each scandalous plot twist and every salacious leer, and the result is a deliciously subversive comedy that was very much ahead of its time. Erotikon has been cited by Ernst Lubitsch as an important inspiration for his own style.