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Volpone (1941)

Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying, knowing that each will try to curry favor with him in order to be named... See full summary »

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Volpone
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Mosca
Charles Dullin ...
Corbaccio
Jean Témerson ...
Voltore (as Témerson)
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Corvino
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Colomba Corvino
Marion Dorian ...
Canina
Alexandre Rignault ...
Le capitaine Leone Corbaccio
Louis Frémont ...
Le juge
Robert Seller ...
Le chef des sbires
Jean Lambert ...
Le chanteur
Pierre Giannotti ...
Le donneur de sérénade (as P. Gianotti)
Colette Régis ...
La marquise
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Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying, knowing that each will try to curry favor with him in order to be named his heir. He is inundated with valuable gifts, and soon finds himself entangled deeper and deeper in a web of lies. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Ben Jonson's Comedy Masterpiece!

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10 May 1941 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A pénz komédiája  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Recording)

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Begun in 1938 by Jacques de Baroncelli (with Jean Tissier), the production shut down because of financial difficulties. Maurice Tourneur took over and the shooting resumed on 23rd March 1940 (minus Jean Tissier). The scenes shot in 1938 were incorporated in the final print. See more »

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Version of Volpone oder Der Fuchs (1966) See more »

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How Time Changes
1 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The print I saw was of very poor quality, but that doesn't appear to matter. This is a filmed play, with totally uninteresting cinematography. The idea of actors acting, with all the pranks and scheming is promising, but not here. This isn't funny. If there was supposed to be some satire, it is lost.

I suppose it is not uncommon, but this film, "Volpone", directed by Maurice Tourneur bares no resemblance to the films of his made three or so decades ago. In the 1910s into the 1920s, Tourneur was a pioneer the new art form in the states. His films were interestingly photographed for the times. "The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England" (1914) referenced theatre, but in a rather cinematic way. "Volpone" is just one of the films he made in France, but it seems antagonistic to a filmmaker who was forging an identity for cinema more independent of theatre.


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