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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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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
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Loque
Nane Germon ...
Mlle du Barry
Claude Albers ...
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Micky Bourgois ...
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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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a fine biopic
10 May 2008 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

On reading Joan Haslip's biography of Madame du Barry, I was quite happy to guess the names of certain characters (such as Madame de Gramont), since the movie only comes out in French. I personally think it is a nice movie, though cut very short! Martine Carol was very good in the role, having a happy-go-lucky bubbly personality, using childish coy to attract the Dauphin, although her seductive side, though a very important asset as role of Louis XV's last mistress, was but non-existent (considering it is a 1954 movie!).

The costumes were nice, although considering how du Barry was always pompous and up-to-date with fashion, could have had at least a few more wigs! Still, since it is the only movie I could find about her, it is brilliant!!!


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