Man-Woman Marriage (1921)

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This pretentious picture, clocking in at over an hour and a half -- quite a long running time for the silent era -- was supposed to show the triumph of women throughout the ages. Perhaps it seemed triumphant in 1921 terms (women only recently had gotten the right to vote), but in reality it only shows women through the eyes of, and in relation to, men. Dorothy Phillips plays Victoria, the wife of a politician, David Courtney (James Kirkwood). After a party which degenerates into a wild orgy, she becomes disgusted and leaves him. For the next hour-plus, the picture frequently cuts back to expensively shot historical segments -- a Christian slave girl influencing Emperor Constantine, the battle of the Amazons, a maiden carried off by a knight -until finally Courtney, who has been sent to prison, sees the light and comes crawling back to his wife. This tiresome, overproduced picture didn't really make much of a point.