The Affairs of Anatol
The Affairs of Anatol is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson. The film is based on the play Anatol (play) by Arthur Schnitzler.
|The Affairs of Anatol|
Lobby card for The Affairs of Anatol
|Directed by||Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)|
|Produced by||Cecil B. DeMille|
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||Arthur Schnitzler (play)|
by Arthur Schnitzler
|Music by||Brian Benison|
|Edited by||Anne Bauchens|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
|Box office||$1.2 million|
Socialite Anatol Spencer (Reid), finding his relationship with his wife (Swanson) lackluster, goes in search of excitement.
After bumping into old flame Emilie (Hawley), he leases an apartment for her only to find that she cheats on him. He is subsequently robbed, conned, and booted from pillar to post. He decides to return to his wife and discovers her carousing with his best friend Max (Dexter).
- Wallace Reid as Anatol DeWitt Spencer
- Gloria Swanson as Vivian Spencer (Anatol's wife)
- Wanda Hawley as Emilie Dixon
- Theodore Roberts as Gordon Bronson
- Elliott Dexter as Max Runyon
- Theodore Kosloff as Mr. Nazzer Singh (Hindu hypnotist)
- Agnes Ayres as Annie Elliott
- Monte Blue as Abner Elliott
- Bebe Daniels as Satan Synne
- Alma Bennett as Chorus Girl
- William Boyd as Guest
- Shannon Day as Chorus Girl
- Julia Faye as Tibra
- Elinor Glyn as Bridge Player
- Winter Hall as Dr. Johnston
- Raymond Hatton as Great Blatsky (Violin Teacher)
- Fred Huntley as Stage Manager
- Lucien Littlefield as Spencer's Valet
- Zelma Maja as Nurse
- Ruth Miller as Marie, Spencer's Maid
- Polly Moran as Orchestra Leader
- Charles Stanton Ogle as Dr. Bowles
- Guy Oliver as Spencer's Butler
- Lady Parker as Bridge Player
- Maude Wayne as Guest
The screenplay was based on a one-act play called Anatol written by Arthur Schnitzler in 1893 and translated into English by Harley Granville-Barker. The play opened in New York City on October 14, 1912, with John Barrymore in the title role, and ran for 72 performances.
A print of the film still exists. Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version of the film in 1999 with a musical score composed and performed by Brian Benison. The film was later produced for VHS by David Shepard of FPA with a runtime of 117 minutes, and subsequently issued as a DVD.
- Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 162. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
- Magill's Survey of Silent Films, Vol 1 A-FLA p.133 edited by Frank N. Magill c.1982; ISBN 0-89356-240-8
- The Affairs of Anatol as produced on Broadway, at the Little Theatre, October 14, 1912, to December 1912, 72 performances; IBDb.com
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Affairs of Anatol". Silent Era. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Don't Tell Everything". Silent Era. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
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