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The Strange Madame X (1951)

L'étrange Madame X (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 May 1951 (France)
Can a person really lead a double life? It looks as though Irène can. On the one hand, she is the wife of Jacques Voisin-Larive, a big name in the publishing world. On the other hand she ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Irène Voisin-Larive
Henri Vidal ...
Étienne
Arlette Thomas ...
Jeanette
Louise Conte ...
Angèle (as Louise Conte sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Robert Vattier ...
Moissac
Paul Barge ...
L'oncle Léon
Roland Alexandre ...
Marcel
Fernand Gilbert
Raphaël Patorni ...
Un invité
Yvonne Clech ...
Joséphine
Georges Sellier ...
Le général
Geneviève Morel ...
Une invitée
René Hell ...
Un ouvrier
Christian Lude ...
Le chauffeur d'Irène
Louis Blanche ...
Un invité
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Can a person really lead a double life? It looks as though Irène can. On the one hand, she is the wife of Jacques Voisin-Larive, a big name in the publishing world. On the other hand she pretends to be a simple chambermaid when she is with Etienne, a handsome young cabinetmaker. But what will happen when Irène gets pregnant? Written by Guy Bellinger

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24 May 1951 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Sündige Liebe  »

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Recommend this non-New Wave exemplar
22 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this 7/12/15 via YouTube. A beautiful print, looked and sounded superb. Michele Morgan and Jean Marais-esque Henri Vidal effective as the engaged couple, but there is a twist: Irene (Morgan) is already married to wealthy Jacques Voisin Larive (Maurice Escande), an aged, avaricious gelding who fronts his attractive wife to advance his publishing business. She is an aristo posing as a prole to carry on her affair with the unsuspecting Etienne, Vidal's character, as he eagerly anticipates the marriage. The game gets serious: Irene has a baby by Etienne. After that things unravel with enough sadness to qualify Madame X as a tear jerker, but an effective one. I understand that films like this were strongly disapproved under the coming New Wave regime. I believe in le big tent.


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