After the death of his wife Dora (a young Norma Shearer) in a hotel fire, Dr. Howard Fleming falls in love and marries Dolly, who turns out to be Dora’s sister! But Dora’s not really dead, only insane! And there’s more plot to come!
Man and Wife will be preceded by the short film:
The Great Love of a Little Dancer
(Die grosse Liebe einer kleinen Tänzerin)
Directed by Alfred Zeisler, Viktor Abel | Germany, 1924 | 21 m.
This beautiful animated short was produced in partnership with the celebrated Schwiegerling family of puppeteers, perhaps the last remaining example of their magical Marionette Theater.
Live music by Will Lewis
Man and Wife has been preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
The Great Love of a Little Dancer was digitally restored in 4K using the only surviving nitrate print preserved in the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum collection.
Live music by Wayne Barker
Wayne Barker has garnered acclaim both for his original compositions and live performances in the theater, including a Tony nomination for best original score on Peter and the Starcatcher. His numerous credits include piano scores for Beth Henley’s Laugh, an homage to silent-era slapstick; and Joe DiPietro’s Hollywood, centered around the 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. He composed for Dame Edna Everage as well as appeared onstage as Master of the Dame’s Music for six years.