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This Modern Age(1931)

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When Diane Winters, an American socialite living in Paris, receives word that her estranged daughter Valentine, is coming from America to visit her, she is forced to cancel a trip to Nice, Rome and Budapest. Diane is certain that Valentine, now nineteen, has been reared by her father to hate her, but after meeting her, she is surprised at how well they get along. On the day of her arrival, Valentine is courted by Tony, an alcoholic and a rake. Valentine, who is led to believe that the house and all its furnishings belong to her mother, quickly becomes accustomed to Diane's chic lifestyle and the Paris "whoopee" set. When the drunken Tony takes Valentine for a drive, he crashes his car. Bob Blake, whose car was also involved in the accident, helps Valentine pull Tony from the wreckage. Bob and Valentine take Tony home, and Bob, a Harvard athlete from a conservative Boston family, falls in love with Valentine and proposes to her. After Valentine accepts Bob's proposal, his parents visit them in Paris, and are shocked when Tony leads a party of drunken revelers through the house. As a result, the Blakes forbid their son's marriage to Valentine and leave. When Bob eavesdrops on a conversation between Diane and André de Graignon, he discovers that Diane is his mistress and that de Graignon is the real owner of the house. Bob then tries to rush their marriage plans so that he can take her away from her mother's deception without discovering the truth, however, Bob eventually does tell Valentine the truth about her mother and insists that she forget about Diane. Valentine is insulted by Bob's demands and they break their engagement. Sensing that her daughter is upset, Diane asks her what Bob had said, and Valentine repeats his accusations. When confronted with the truth, Diane admits that she deceived Valentine but, after a heart-to-heart talk, Diane is forgiven by her daughter. Diane moves out of de Graignon's house and into Valentine's small apartment, and Valentine starts seeing Tony again. One day, Valentine sees her mother being dropped off at their apartment by de Graignon, and she is heartbroken. Once in the apartment, Diane informs Valentine that she is leaving for Berlin with de Graignon and asks for one last hug, which Valentine refuses to give. When Bob shows up at the apartment unexpectedly, he encounters Diane, alone, packing her bags, and admonishes her for not accepting Valentine's help. Unable to contain her frustration, Diane informs Bob that she went to his parents to beg their forgiveness and ask them to allow him to marry Valentine. She tells him that his parents responded coolly, and because of this she has decided that it would be best for her to leave. Bob is appalled at his parents' reaction to Diane's visit, and he and Diane search for Valentine. When they find the despondent Valentine with Tony, Bob carries her out and insists on marrying her, and Diane swears off her affair with de Graignon.