Easy Virtue is the 1928 silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on a play by Noel Coward. Larita divorces her husband, Aubrey, and goes to the French Riviera. She falls in love with a man named John and they marry. Problems start when John’s mother recognizes his wife and rejects her. Mrs. Whittaker’s hatred starts to make Larita paranoid and she fears everyone else will hate her too. What will happen once her past is revealed?
This is an unusual film that Alfred Hitchcock directed. Unfortunately, it was turned from a biting satire into a conventional film. In the original play, John’s mother turns out to be a hypocrite and Larita tells her off before leaving. In the movie adaptation, it unironically supports the mother’s view. It makes for a decent film with nasty implications for modern viewers. The production values are pretty good. Honolulu Hitchcock fans need to rent this one first.
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