Shot by Oliver T. Marsh and designed by the great Cedric Gibbons. Joan Crawford and Clark Gable appear as ballroom dancing extras. 35mm print courtesy of The Library of Congress.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
The Merry Widow
One can almost whiff the stench of decay that palls across the Hapsburg Empire in Stroheim’s characteristically cluttered, meticulously detailed and opulent opus. Fascinatingly weird and grotesque characters parade across the film’s visually brilliant tableaux while the romance between Prince Danilo (John Gilbert) and the “Merry Widow” (Mae Murray) unfolds.