A Scandal in Paris

Overview

2002-2003 may be remembered as the second golden age in the output of Douglas Sirk -- not only did Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven show up to remind a wider public of the worth of Sirk's movies, but Sirk's own Imitation Of Life was issued on DVD, and then Kino International released this, Sirk's charmingly wry and decadent 1946 costume drama. The movie has been transferred well, from a very clean source in an edition that brings out a huge amount of detail even in the backgrounds, and captures all of the subtleties ...
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Overview

2002-2003 may be remembered as the second golden age in the output of Douglas Sirk -- not only did Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven show up to remind a wider public of the worth of Sirk's movies, but Sirk's own Imitation Of Life was issued on DVD, and then Kino International released this, Sirk's charmingly wry and decadent 1946 costume drama. The movie has been transferred well, from a very clean source in an edition that brings out a huge amount of detail even in the backgrounds, and captures all of the subtleties in Guy Roe's and Eugen Shuftan's photography. Additionally, the lush costuming and backgrounds are all well realized visually here in their sumptuous richness -- there is some speckling here and there in the image, and traces of frame damage at 12 and a half minutes in, but nothing seriously distracting. The results are generally on a par with the workmanship that one would expect to see from a major studio, with several beautiful scenes that come to life extraordinarily well, such as the dance sequence behind the screen at 14 minutes in. The audio is set at a high volume level but is very clean and gives good resolution not only to the witty dialogue but also to Hanns Eisler's rich post-Romantic score. The 100 minute movie has a more-than-adequate 15 chapters, all well labeled. The disc opens automatically to a simple two-selection menu that iseasy to manuever around, and there are no extra or bonus materials.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Scandal in Paris is a film that seems to divide partisans of director Douglas Sirk. Many find it vastly inferior to his trademark 1950s glossy melodramas that managed to entertain while simultaneously subverting and critiquing the mores of the era. Others feel Scandal is worthy of greater respect, that it is a much more complex piece of work than it is appears. Certainly, Scandal will be a departure for those who know Sirk only from his later melodramas. It's interesting to see him working in a period piece, and with a script that, while flawed, is filled with dialogue and language that is distinctly of a higher order. Scandal deserves many points for its observations on the dual impulses of man, the inclination to be both a St. George and a dragon. If this point is perhaps belabored on occasion, it still comes across powerfully. Sirk's pacing is a tad off in Scandal, but his visual flair is intact; the Carole Landis introductory number is both hot and ironic, in a way that only Sirk could manage. George Sanders is marvelous as the cad who changes his ways to keep a woman of purity from changing hers. No one could handle this kind of dialogue with his style and flair. Landis and Signe Hasso are also quite good, and the cast as a whole is fine. While not to everyone's taste, Scandal is a good film that Sirk fans especially should see so that they can judge it for thsmevles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • UPC: 738329030223
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,912

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Sanders Francois Eugene Vidocq
Signe Hasso Therese
Carole Landis Loretta
Akim Tamiroff Emile
Gene Lockhart Richet
Jo Ann Marlowe Mimi
Alma Kruger Marquise
Alan Napier Houdon
Vladimir Sokoloff Uncle Hugo
Pedro de Cordoba Priest
Leona Maricle Owner of Dress Shop
Fritz Leiber Painter
Skelton Knaggs Cousin Pierre
Fred Nurney Cousin Gabriel
Gisela Werbiseck Aunt Ernestine
Marvin Davis Little Louis
Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
David Chudnow Musical Direction/Supervision
Hanns Eisler Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Joseph Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Arnold Pressburger Producer
Guy Roe Cinematographer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer, Songwriter
Eugen Schüftan Cinematographer
Ellis St. Joseph Screenwriter
Paul F. Sylos Art Director
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Paul Webster Songwriter
Gordon Wiles Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [1:55]
2. Birthday Party [4:25]
3. Escaped Convicts [3:28]
4. Military Men [6:28]
5. Respectable Woman [4:04]
6. Same Old Tricks [4:15]
7. Saint George [6:15]
8. Thievery [9:28]
9. The Dragon [12:00]
10. Connoisseur of Crime [5:47]
11. Bank of Paris [4:18]
12. Sweet Loretta [7:34]
13. Out of the Past [5:34]
14. Terese [8:32]
15. Jilted Lover [9:14]
16. Reformation [6:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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