As artistically brilliant as it is gleefully perverse, FOOLISH WIVES is Erich von Stroheim's epic-scale account of an American diplomat's wife who falls under the spell of a phony Russian Count. With his trademark eye for visual metaphor and gritty detail, von Stroheim infuses the artistocratic splendor of Monte Carlo (rebuilt in all its majesty on the Universal backlot) with an air of moral depravity. The result is a Grimm's fairy tale romance that is no less fascinating today than it was 80 years ago.
Erich von Stroheim
Directed by Erich von Stroheim