That's interesting, your comment about Lubitsch's Boleyn
-- it's actually one of my favorite Lubitsch's... certainly up there among my favorites by him out of the silent era (his comedies are hit or miss with me, where I tend to like them broken down into sections.. i e some almost absurdly Surreal moments in The Oyster Princess
-- i e the exaggerations w the negro aides, the baseball bat sized cigar, foxtrot frnezy, etc), and I think it tends to work very well as a period piece. Maybe I'll give it another look today just to refresh my memory.. perhaps it'll register different. Henny Porten is hit or miss for me also... although her performance in Jessner's haunting Hintertreppe
always impresses me in it's correspondence with the sensibility of Mayer's avant script and the extremely strange overall narrative rendering. I know the Porten thing is an entirely unrelated point here, aside from the fact that she Plays Boleyn; but this reminds me of something I've been meaning to mention here which concerns her-- .
Have you noticed Tom-- or has anyone noticed for that matter-- how much Janet Gaynor's face, on the Sunrise
poster for the German release of the film, is painted to resemble Henny Porten's? (Obviously, you probably know at least Tom, that she at the time was one of Germany's most beloved female stars.. certainly one of the few from the silent era to achieve icon status.. which may have something to do with the artist rendering Gaynor's face with a Porten-esque bias)? Check it out--
EDIT: whoops it won't let me hotlink. Check it here
Of course it could be entirely accidental. But it strikes me as a little bit too obvious.
While searching the web to try and the above copy of it I came up with this
poster which I don't believe is in the Fox box, and is pretty cool.
Re Bergner: Dave-- yeah she is a total dog.. and as for Czinner he's not (at leas in my view) the total disasterwhen it comes to mise en scene you describe. I haven't seen enough of his sound or silent works to make really informed assessment, but if you check out the gorgeous Fraulein Elsie
you'll see a very good film there, from all angles. Since its silent there's no misery of being subjected to the sound of her voice. Freund's photography is a beaut too. Buzz "nephew".. he was impressed with the film and sent me a copy; he'll send it to you.