The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden is a thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy from 1928 and was an important film for both its beguiling star, Corinne Griffith, and talented director, Lewis Milestone. The film was scripted by Hans Kraley, a scenarist of four 1920s Ernst Lubitsch comedies and contains gorgeous production design by William Cameron Menzies. This edition of the film is mastered from what is considered to be the best surviving elements with a musical score arranged and performed by Robert Israel.
Stylish and sophisticated, the film follows vocalist Toni LeBrun (Corinne Griffith), who leaves her family’s bakery for Budapest to become an “opera singer,” unaware that she has 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. Dueling attention from Richard’s uncle, Colonel Dupont (Edward Martindel), and a surprise guest create further romantic adventures for the couple.
BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:
- Hollywood the Unusual (1927) - A previously unknown travelogue of Los Angeles area vernacular architecture produced in the late 1920s that promotes the community of Hollywood as a land of make-believe. The film is a remarkable portrait of a lost age, and a fascinating historical glimpse at architectural landmarks. (REMASTERED ON BLU-RAY)
- Production Still Slideshow - From the estate of director Lewis Milestone. (REMASTERED ON BLU-RAY)
- Digital Pressbook - Marketing material from the original pressbook sent out by the film's producers to promote the theatrical release. (REMASTERED ON BLU-RAY)
- The Toy Shop (1928) - A "Tiffany Color Symphony" short subject, released by Tiffany-Stahl Studio and photographed in two-color Technicolor. (DVD ONLY)