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As You Desire Me (1932)

 -  Drama  -  28 May 1932 (USA)
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Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara... See full summary »

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Cast

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Zara aka Maria
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Count Bruno Varelli
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Carl Salter
Owen Moore ...
Tony Boffie
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Ines Montari
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Lena
Warburton Gamble ...
Baron
Albert Conti ...
Captain
William Ricciardi ...
Pietro
Roland Varno ...
Albert
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Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion ten years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

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$460,733 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The character of Karl Salter was loosely based on Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár. See more »

Quotes

Zara: And what is it that you love about me - my mind?
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Edited into Visions of Light (1992) See more »

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Funiculi Funicula
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Written by Luigi Denza
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Ridiculous botch of a script
4 November 2003 | by (Manchester UK) – See all my reviews

Pirandello's play is brilliant, but this script, and story, bears only a passing resemblance.

Lena is NOT a servant, she is the woman's aunt, who brought her up. The woman does NOT hang around in the play, she leaves them all with the mad woman, who, in my opinion, DOES turn out to be the long-lost Maria.

Why change the names? They were perfectly suitable for the screen.

This was a case of scriptwriting for its own sake, not a screen adaptation.

Performances were typical of all really, but the faithless destruction of the original material lets this down terribly.


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