This thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy from 1928 was an important film for both its beguiling star, Corinne Griffith, an Academy Award™ Best Actress nominee (The Divine Lady–1929), and talented director Lewis Milestone, a two-time Academy Award™ Best Director winner. The film was scripted by Hanns Kräley, a scenarist of four 1920s Ernst Lubitsch comedies, and contains gorgeous production design by William Cameron Menzies. This digital edition of the film is mastered from the best surviving elements, with a new musical score arranged and performed by Robert Israel.

THE GARDEN OF EDEN follows vocalist Toni LeBrun (Griffith), who leaves her family's bakery for Budapest to become an “opera singer,” unaware that she’s been contracted to perform as a chorus dancer at the Palais de Paris, a cabaret run by the decadent and delightfully menacing Madame Bauer (Maude George). Toni soon escapes to Monte Carlo with the cabaret's seamstress, Rosa (Louise Dresser), after warding off the wily cabaret patron, Baron Henri D’Avril (Lowell Sherman). At the deluxe Hotel Eden, Toni attracts the attention of potential suitor Richard Dupont (Charles Ray), but she's in danger of being exposed before he asks for her hand. Competing attention from Richard's uncle Colonel Dupont (Edward Martindel), and a surprise guest create further romantic adventures for the couple.



Format: DVD-NTSC / Region 1


(US, 1928) 

Director: Lewis Milestone
Screenplay: Hanns Kräley, adapted by Avery Hopwood; based on the play Der Garten Eden by Rudolf Bernnauer & Rudolph Oesterreicher
Titles: George Marion, Jr.
Cinematography: John Arnold, A.S.C. 
Art Direction: William Cameron Menzies
Interior Decoration: Casey Roberts
Producer: John W Considine, Jr. 
Cast: Corinne Griffith, Louise Dresser, Lowell Sherman, Maude George, Charles Ray, Edward Martindel

• 78 minutes
• B&W


Bonus Material

(US, 1927)

• 10 minutes
• B&W
• A travelogue of Los Angeles area vernacular architecture and Hollywood’s self-promotion as the land of make-believe.

(US, 1928)

Photographer: Ray Rennahan (The Wedding March, Becky Sharp, Duel In The Sun)

• 9 minutes
• Color (Two-Color Technicolor)
• "A Tiffany Color Symphony"

• The original 1928 press book and production stills.


Total Running Time: 01:37:00

Language: English intertitles

Musical Score: Arranged & performed by Robert Israel

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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