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Gambling Hell (1942)

Macao, l'enfer du jeu (original title)
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Ying Tchaï
Mireille Balin ...
Mireille
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Almaido
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Werner von Krall (as Eric von Stroheim)
Louise Carletti ...
Jasmine
Jim Gérald ...
Un matelot
Marie Lorain ...
Mademoiselle Marguenon
Alexandre Mihalesco ...
Yassouda (as Mihalesco)
Etienne Decroux ...
Un autre matelot (as Decroux)
Tsugundo Maki ...
Le secrétaire de Ying Tchaï (as Maki)
Georges Lannes ...
Le capitaine
Roland Toutain ...
Pierre Milley
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Werner von Krall (1942 version only)
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Filmed in 1939 as "Macao, l'enfer du jeu" with Erich von Stroheim but released in 1942 as "L'enfer du jeu" WITHOUT von Stroheim. His films were banned in all German-occupied countries, so Delannoy, the director, could not release the film. Instead of shelving it, all scenes with von Stroheim were reshot with Pierre Renoir. The von Stroheim version was rereleased in 1945. See more »

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Place your bets in Macao.
4 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Fact: although the movie was to be released in 1939,it was postponed to 1942.WW2 had broken out and all Stroheim's scenes were remade with Pierre Renoir instead of the Austrian actor/director.After the liberation,the original version was shown in the theaters.

Jean Delannoy ,although always put down by the nouvelle vague,is a good director ,whose best works were made in the fifties though(notably his two Maigret)."Macao" ,IMHO,is not Delannoy at his best.One can feel a lot of influences ; Marcel Carné's "Jenny" :in that work,Françoise Rosay did not want her daughter to know about her job ( go-between);in Delannoy's work ,Ying-Tchai (Hayakawa) does not want his daughter Jasmine (Louise Carletti)to discover he's involved in dealings and the owner of a dive (which recalls "Forfaiture" ,also featuring the Japanese thespian);Von Sternberg's extravaganzas such as "Shanghai express" .

Roland Toutain is miscast as the young romantic lead.The plot remains a bit confused and ,except in the last pictures ,Delannoy's perfect style cannot make up for it:it would have taken more madness:only the last sequence,where Hayakawa outdoes himself reaches a peak of tragic grandeur.But weren't it for that only,"Macao" would remain watchable.Besides,Mireille Balin's character is modern ,a femme fatale with a down-to-earth side.


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