Cinema: Satyr Satire

A Guide for the Married Man is an illuminated lecture on How to Commit Adultery that happily has more illustrations than text. It begins with an irreverent quote from Oscar Wilde: "The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties." It ends with a pious bromide: "Midst pleasures and palaces, there's no place like home." Sandwiched between the two views is a sprightly scenario that makes this the most sophisticated sex comedy of the season.

Its success is all the more remarkable because it is...

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