November 20, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
(Kreuzzug des Weibes, Martin Berger, Germany 1926, 70 min.)
Silent Tuesdays. One of the Eastman House’s darkest treasures is this extraordinary film dealing with stands on abortion, starring four of German silent cinema’s biggest stars: Conrad Veidt and Werner Krauss (both from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), Maly Delschaft (The Last Laugh), and Ernst Lubitsch’s favorite leading man Harry Liedtke (Madame Dubarry, Sumurun, The Wives of Pharaoh). This story of a crusading anti-abortion politician, his free-minded wife, a doctor whose skills and ethics both comfort and confound, and the dilemmas all have to face could have been taken from a modern newsblog. The Eastman House print is an original 1926 American version copy. Don’t miss this powerful, thoughtful, and brilliantly acted film, although we do recommend it to mature audiences.