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.[1][2] The film is based on the play Anatol (play) by Arthur Schnitzler.

The Affairs of Anatol
Lobby card for The Affairs of Anatol
Directed byCecil B. DeMille (uncredited)
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byArthur Schnitzler (play)
Based onAnatol
by Arthur Schnitzler
StarringWallace Reid
Music byBrian Benison
CinematographyKarl Struss
Alvin Wyckoff
Edited byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 21, 1921 (1921-09-21)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.2 million[1]


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).




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.[3]

Preservation status

A print of the film still exists.[4] 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.

Sam Wood apparently created Don't Tell Everything (1921), also starring Swanson, Reid, and Dexter, in part using outtakes left over from The Affairs of Anatol.[5]

See also


  1. Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 162. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
  2. Magill's Survey of Silent Films, Vol 1 A-FLA p.133 edited by Frank N. Magill c.1982; ISBN 0-89356-240-8
  3. The Affairs of Anatol as produced on Broadway, at the Little Theatre, October 14, 1912, to December 1912, 72 performances;
  4. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Affairs of Anatol". Silent Era. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  5. "Progressive Silent Film List: Don't Tell Everything". Silent Era. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
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