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Madame du Barry (1954)

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The daughter of a seamstress, Jeanne Bécu could hardly imagine she would later become one of the most influential women of the Kingdom of France. Nor could she anticipate her quick fall and... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine Carol ...
Jeanne Bécu, dite Rançon / Madame Dubarry
Daniel Ivernel ...
Jean du Barry
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Duchesse de Grammont
Jean Parédès ...
Lebel
Denis d'Inès ...
Cardinal Richelieu (as Denis D'Inès)
Marguerite Pierry ...
Comtesse de Médarne
Isabelle Pia ...
Nadine Alari ...
La Maréchale de Guichelais
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Cadette
Georgette Anys ...
La citoyenne
Catherine Caron
Nadine Tallier ...
Loque
Nane Germon ...
Mlle du Barry
Claude Albers ...
(as C. Albers)
Micky Bourgois ...
(as M. Bourgeois)
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The daughter of a seamstress, Jeanne Bécu could hardly imagine she would later become one of the most influential women of the Kingdom of France. Nor could she anticipate her quick fall and tragic death. The teenage girl was still a mere milliner's assistant when her beauty attracted the attention of Count Jean du Barry, a degenerate noble man who, after making her his mistress, undertook to make her Paris's most successful courtesan. Later, he realized that he could even help her to become one of aging King Louis XV's mistresses. But to qualify as a royal mistress, Jeanne had to be a married noble woman. No problem: Jean, who was already married, provided another husband, his brother Guillaume. This is how Jeanne, who had become Countess du Barry with sleight of hand, could enjoy triumph at Versailles. Unfortunately for her, her reign, which had excited the jealousy of the other courtesans, lasted only while the King was alive. Following his death, she was immediately exiled from ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Du Barry was a lady.
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

La Du Barry was -like Madame de Pompadour- actually a bourgeoise whose real name was Jeanne Bécu.

Christian-Jacques's movie,one of the first French color movies -they were not numerous at the time- is pretty entertaining.Henri Jeanson's dialog -he was certainly the best screen writer France had ever had-is risqué,and not afraid of calling a spade a spade when it comes to sex .In 1954,the Catholic Office of cinema urged the faithful not to watch that flick.Martine Carol ,who was THE French star before Brigitte Bardot's coming ,was perfectly cast as aging Louis the 15 th's lover.

What's less funny is Madame Du Barry's end (not in the film):sentenced to death by the revolutionary tribunal in 1793 (she should have stayed in England where she was then),she tried to save her head by giving all her jewels to the Republic:during several hours,she revealed all the hiding places in her château.To no avail.She had to be dragged to the guillotine , she was screaming with terror.Her famous last words were "One minute more ,Mister executioner!".

The movie ends with Madame du Barry's disgrace,when her royal lover died.She was then imprisoned in an abbey for one year,for Marie-Antoinette hated her.


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