This evening belonged to Ellen Richter, quite rightly, and her wicked Weimar frolic MORAL (MORALITY, Willi Wolff, 1928 ) – a stunning restoration from multiple sources, really a work of art in itself. [...] In the witty caper MORAL, with shades of Professor Unrat/THE BLUE ANGEL, but in the comic rather than tragic mode, the ‘morality society’ of a small German town splutter outrage at the arrival of a racy Berlin revue (featuring actual Tiller Girls) in their wholesome home of Emilsberg. But then of course, they’re all queuing up for “piano lessons” with its sexy star Ninon (Richter) under assumed names. With stealth camerawork and a sense of fun and justice in perfect balance, Ninon skewers their hypocrisy and avoids their censure, all while demonstrating the most stunningly distracting wardrobe (who wears gold lame pyjamas and heels to the police station? Ninon does). It’s a righteous but rollicking romp, [...]. At the close of the film, Ninon makes the assembled shame-faced censors promise to return to her show and instead of throwing brickbats to offer “thunderous applause”. As the lights went up, we did too.
Pamela Hutchinson, Silent London blog, October 7, 2021