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Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 28 July 1944 (USA)
In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the ... See full summary »

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In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the coach over, social standings are leveled and integrity and spirit are put to the test. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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She faced a question as old as Eve!

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Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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In the original story by Guy de Maupassant, Elizabeth is a prostitute, not a "laundress", and the dinner with Lt. von Eyrick (Fifi) is another type of encounter altogether. These changes had to be made because of the Hayes Code in force at the time. See more »

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[first lines]
The Curé of Cleresville: I tell you again, Lt. von Eyrick, I will not ring the bell.
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Version of Ruanskaya deva po prozvishchu Pyshka (1989) See more »

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Drinking Song
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Sung by in German by the Prussian soldiers
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Dull Tale of Patriotism
24 February 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian war, gorgeous laundress Elisabeth Rousset (Simone Simon) is returning home in Cleresville in the occupied France with a snobbish and selfish group of aristocrats, businessmen and a young priest in a stagecoach. When they stop in a inn for the night, the arrogant Prussian Lt. von Eyrick (Kurt Kreuger), known by his alias Mademoiselle Fifi, decides to break the patriotism of Elisabeth and holds up the stagecoach until Elisabeth agrees to "have dinner" with him in his room. The selfish group forces Elisabeth to meet Mademoiselle Fifi, who humiliates her in his room. When the stagecoach finally departs, only Jean Cornudet (John Emery) and the priest comfort Elisabeth and Cornudet decides to stay in Cleresville to ask for forgiveness to Elisabeth. However she rejects his apologies but he decides to stay in the church to help the young priest to resist the Prussians that want him to ring the church bell. Meanwhile Elisabeth is forced to go to a party with Prussian officers where Mademoiselle Fifi is. What will happen to Elisabeth and Cornudet?

"Mademoiselle Fifi" is a dull tale of patriotism, with a story that shows the upper classes together with the enemy to keep their privileges and a simple laundress and a priest as symbols of the resistance and rejection of the enemies. The intention of "having dinner with the enemy in his room" is a very clear metaphor of the true intention of the Prussian office. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Mademoiselle Fifi"


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