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Ernst Lubitsch - Rosita

Venice Classics



USA (1923) / 97’
language English
from the play Don César de Bazan
byAdolphe D’Ennery Philippe François Pinel (Dumamoir)
cast Mary Pickford, Holbrook Blinn, Irene Rich, George Walsh
screenplay Edward Knoblock, Norbert FalkHans Kraly
cinematographer Charles Rosher
production designer William Cameron Menzies
costume designers Mitchell Leisen
music Louis F. Gottshcalk
restoration curated by The Museum of Modern Art
funding provided by The Louis B. Mayer Foundation RT Features, The Film Foundation Celeste Bartos Preservation Fund.
live music performed by Mitteleuropa Orchestra (Friuli)
musical direction Gillian Anderson
based on the original score preserved in Library of Congress (Washington)

 

SYNOPSIS

A costume romance, Rosita is set in a mythical Spain where an engagingly lecherous King has cast his eye on a popular and provocative street singer. She, in turn, yearns for the handsome young nobleman, who has rescued her from the angry king’s guards and has been condemned to a dungeon for his troubles. The Queen bides her time, waiting to intervene.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

It was a charming and wonderful experience. Miss Pickford was very sympathetic. In spite of her fame and predominant position, she followed my direction with the eager sympathy of a child. At the same time, her alert and intelligent mind worked like forked lightning. Miss Pickford is a very remarkable woman. She is not only of the highest personal character, but she is an artiste of real genius. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Ernst Lubitsch, My Two Years in America, in “Motion Picture Magazine”, 1925.

Production

PRODUCTION: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St
10019 New York - United States
Tel. 212-708-1130
filmloans@moma.org

RESTORATION BY: The Museum of Modern Art con il support di/with the support of Louis B. Mayer Foundation, RT Features, The Film Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Preservation Fund.

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Mary Pickford Corporation

COPRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Released by United Artist

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