Exiled from the court of Spain, Don Salluste, the chief of police, wants to take revenge on the Queen. One day he meets Ruy Blas, a young student who happens to be a lookalike of Don Cesar,... See full summary »



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Marcel Herrand ...
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Exiled from the court of Spain, Don Salluste, the chief of police, wants to take revenge on the Queen. One day he meets Ruy Blas, a young student who happens to be a lookalike of Don Cesar, his nephew. Salluste disguises Ruy Blas and presents him as Don Cesar. It doesn't take long before Ruy Blas, intelligent, virtuous and generous as he is becomes popular and the Queen, who has fallen in love with him, appoints him Prime Minister. All seems for the best in the best of worlds but Salluste has not forgotten his revenge, far from that ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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18 February 1948 (France)  »

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Ruy Blas, der Geliebte der Königin  »

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Actually Cocteau's work.
17 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Directed by Pierre Billon,but actually Cocteau's touch can be felt here there and everywhere.Cocteau had always loved to adapt great lit classics:"l'éternel retour" was a modern transcription of "Tristan and Iseut";"Beauty and the Beast" ,his masterpiece,tackled Madame Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale;Later Madame de la Fayette's "la princesse de Clèves" was brought to the screen .Here Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas".Jean Marais is ideal as the romantic hero,and he forms with Danielle Darrieux a couple the crowds could easily dream of.That kind of queen-and-jack couple,we will find it again in "l'aigle à deux têtes",except that the jack has been replaced by an anarchist,but that does not make a big difference when you're depicting romantic passion.The setting in the palace are as extravagant as in any of other Cocteau creations.Billon ,avoiding filmed stage production style,gets his camera out of it and achieves good location shots in the torrent.Jean Marais plays two roles like in "Beauty and the beast",but his part of a brigand who resembles the student/jack like a brother is not as convincing.

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