A dashing French aviator has just completed a record-setting flight, but
his greeting by an admiring crowd is soured. All he can say is how
miserable he is that the woman he loves did not come to meet him. Thus
begins a comedy of tangled lives and manners that exposes posturing,
deceit, secrets and lies in the frame of a large hunting party at an
elegant country house. In true upstairs/downstairs fashion even some of
the servants are involved in tangled relationships.
After an initial poor reception, the film was severely re-edited, and the
original negative was destroyed during World War II. Only in 1959 was the
film fully reconstructed and embraced by audiences and critics who now see
the film as a timeless representation of a vanishing way of life. This
showing will be presented in the newly restored Criterion DVD edition.
Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.
Notes on the new
About the director.
Other background on the film.