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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.<br />
FILM INFO

Dorothy Arzner<br />
United States<br />
1932<br />
83 minutes<br />
Black & White<br />
1.37:1<br />
English<br />
Spine #1076<br />
SPECIAL FEATURES

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

New cover by Sonia Kretschmar

May 11, 2021
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Amazing film. Just having another example of Sylvia Sidney in her prime on Blu-Ray is reason enough.
 

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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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