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Male and Female

Male and Female
Gloria Swanson in Male and Female
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Jeanie Macpherson
Based on The Admirable Crichton 
by J. M. Barrie
Starring Gloria Swanson
Thomas Meighan
Music by Sydney Jill Lehman (1997 version)
Cinematography Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 23, 1919 (1919-11-23)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent Film
English intertitles
Budget $168,619.28[1]
Box office $1,256,226.59[1]
Male and Female

Male and Female is a 1919 American silent adventure/drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan.[2] Its main themes are gender relations and social class. The film is based on the J. M. Barrie play The Admirable Crichton.[1]

A previous version was filmed the year before in England as The Admirable Crichton.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Production 2
  • Cast 3
  • DVD release 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

The film centers on the relationship between Lady Mary Loam (Swanson), a British aristocrat, and her butler, Crichton (Meighan). Crichton fancies a romance with Mary, but she disdains him because of his lower social class. When the two and some others are shipwrecked on a desert island, they are left to fend for themselves in a state of nature.

The aristocrats' abilities to survive are far worse than those of Crichton, and a role reversal ensues, with the butler becoming a king among the stranded group. Crichton and Mary are about to wed on the island when the group is rescued. Upon returning to Britain, Crichton chooses not to marry Mary; instead, he asks a maid, Tweeny (who was attracted to Crichton throughout the film), to marry him, and the two move to the United States.

Production

The film contains two famous scenes, indicative of de Mille's predilections as a filmmaker.

  • An early scene depicts Gloria Swanson bathing in an elaborate setting, attended by two maids, lavishing her with rosewater and bath salts, silk dressing gown, and luxurious towels.
  • Toward the end of the film, a fantasy sequence about ancient Babylon shows Swanson posed as Gabriel von Max's famous painting The Lion's Bride, which involved her being photographed with an actual lion.

Cast

DVD release

Male and Female was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on January 28, 2014.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 144.  
  2. ^ at SilentEraMale and Female
  3. ^ "Alpha Video - Male and Female". Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

External links

  • Male and Female at the Internet Movie Database
  • at SilentEraMale and Female
  • Male and Female available for free download at Internet Archive
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