THE LOVE PARADE (Ernst Lubitsch, 1929)

Count Alfred Renard, Sylvanian consul ejected from wherever for Franklinian profligacy, marries his Queen Louise, whose advisors fear her perpetual spinsterhood, but quickly chafes at her subordination of him. Isn’t the man, after all, King of his castle? Ultimately, the Queen capitulates: a distasteful resolution.
     Tedious and irritating, this film from director Ernst Lubitsch, from Leon Xanrof and Jules Chancel’s play The Prince Consort, has bad songs and strained spirit. Maurice Chevalier’s charm as Renard wears thin very quickly.
     Oscar-nominated: best film, Lubitsch, Chevalier, and Victor Milner, deserving, for his cinematography.

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