The Affairs of Anatol

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The Affairs of Anatol
The Affairs of Anatol 1921 lobbycardposter.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by Arthur Schnitzler
Based on Anatol 
by Arthur Schnitzler
Starring Wallace Reid
Cinematography Karl Struss
Alvin Wyckoff
Editing by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 21, 1921 (1921-09-21)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
Budget $176,508.081
Box office $1,191,789.191

The Affairs of Anatol is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson.1


Socialite Anatol Spencer (Wallace Reid), finding his relationship with his wife (Gloria Swanson) lackluster, goes in search of excitement. After bumping into old flame Emilie (Wanda Hawley), he lets an apartment for her only to find that she cheats on him. He is subsequently robbed, conned, and booted from pillar to post. He decides to return to his wife and discovers her carousing with his best friend Max (Elliott Dexter).



The screenplay was based on a one act play called Anatol written by Arthur Schnitzler in 1893 and translated into English by Harley Granville-Barker. The play opened in New York City on 14 October 1912 with John Barrymore in the title role, and ran for 72 performances.2

Preservation status

A print of the film still exists.3 Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version of the film in 1999 with a musical score composed and performed by Brian Benison. The film was later produced for VHS by David Shepard of FPA with a runtime of 117 minutes, and subsequently issued as a DVD.

Sam Wood apparently created Don't Tell Everything (1921), also starring Swanson, Reid, and Dexter, in part from outtakes left over from The Affairs of Anatol.3


  1. ^ a b c Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 162. ISBN 0-813-12324-0. 
  2. ^ The Affairs of Anatol as produced on Broadway, at the Little Theatre, October 14, 1912 to Dec. 1912, 72 performances;
  3. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: The Affairs of Anatol". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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