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The Circle

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Original title
The Circle
Running time
70 min.
United States United States
Kenneth B. Clarke (Play: William Somerset Maugham)
Silent film
Chester A. Lyons (B&W)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Drama | Silent Film
Movie Groups
W. Somerset Maugham Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
This MGM film, directed by Frank Borzage (7th HEAVEN, STREET ANGEL, etc.), and adapted from a stage play by Somerset Maugham, is a prime example of the drawing-room drama. The sets are sumptuous, the actors beautiful, the set-up intriguing, but the finish is a complete cop-out. I'm not familiar with Maugham's play, but from what I understand, the story does not end the way this filmed version does. In fact, the carefully established symmetry of the narrative (i.e. the "circle" alluded to by the title) is completely undone by Borzage's forced "happy" ending.
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