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Addiction, nonmonogamy, and female sexual liberation: decades before such ideas were widely discussed, Dorothy Arzner, the only woman to work as a director in 1930s Hollywood, brought them to the screen with striking frankness, sophistication, and wit—a mature treatment that stands out even in the pre-Code era. Fredric March (in one of four collaborations with Arzner) and Sylvia Sidney turn in extraordinary performances as the urbane couple whose relationship is pushed to the breaking point by his alcoholism and wandering eye—leading them into an emotionally explosive experiment with an open marriage. Exposing the hypocrisies and petty cruelties simmering beneath the surface of high-society elegance, Merrily We Go to Hell is a scathing early-feminist commentary on modern marriage.
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Dorothy Arzner
United States
1932
83 minutes
Black & White
1.37:1
English
Spine #1076
SPECIAL FEATURES

New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Dorothy Arzner: Longing for Women, a 1983 documentary by Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler
New video essay by film historian Cari Beauchamp
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Judith Mayne

New cover by Sonia Kretschmar

May 11, 2021
 

Ronald Epstein

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agreed awesome cover, and glad to see another quality Pre-code film, dealing with social issues that Hayes was afraid would morally bankrupt the country get a proper release, added to that wishlist right now.
 

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Little in the way of precodes being released these days, in large part, since Warner Archive stopped cranking out the new titles (as they, gratefully for us, did for so many years).
Making the occasional Kino and Criterion pre-codes required purchases.
Both to encourage and help support more of the same (and show there's a market)
and especially because they're high quality releases of great films from a great era!
 
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