- 1926, Victor Fleming, USA, ca. 75 min.
- With Clara Bow, Percy Marmont
“A masterpiece of romantic comedy...The wit and sexual energy of MANTRAP are hardly diminished after 85 years.”
—Scott Simmon, National Film Preservation Foundation
MANTRAP was the breakthrough film for flapper par excellence Clara Bow, whose vivacious, unapologetic sexuality has aged remarkably well. The filmmakers transformed Sinclair Lewis’s sourly misogynistic source novel into a breezy romp that pokes fun at overmatched masculinity and the cult of the outdoors. Bow plays a flirtatious city girl who marries a backwoods storekeeper but gets mighty restless when a New York lawyer (Marmont) arrives on a camping trip. Silent film with live accompaniment by David Drazin. Preservation funding provided by David Stenn. 35mm. (MR)