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Le Bossu (1959)

Le bossu (original title)
Prince Philippe de Gonzague decides to get rid of his cousin Duke de Nevers, having wished for long his properties and wealth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aurore de Nevers / Isabelle de Caylus (as Sabina Selman)
Jean Le Poulain ...
Hubert Noël ...
Dame Marthe
Edmond Beauchamp ...
Don Miguel
Alexandre Rignault ...
Paul Cambo ...
Georges Douking ...
Le marquis de Caylus (as Douking)
Annie Anderson ...
Une invitée au bal (as Annie Andersson)
François Chaumette ...
Raoul Billerey ...
(as Raoul Bilrey)
Barbara Cruz
Claude Carliez


Prince Philippe de Gonzague decides to get rid of his cousin Duke de Nevers, having wished for long his properties and wealth.

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1963 (USA)  »

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German actress Sabine Sesselmann is dubbed by two different French actresses as she is playing a double role: Isabelle de Caylus - where she is dubbed by Jacqueline Porel; and also Aurore de Nevers, her daughter - where she is dubbed by Gilberte Aubry. See more »


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This is a slight and enough budgeted retelling about the durable Paul Favel's novel with an awesome Jean Marais
2 August 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and fun version based on the classic Paul Favel's novel with an intrepid Jean Marais as the famous hunchback . This is the classic version of the known novel with a fine cast headed by handsome Jean Marais as Henri of Lagardere in a brave role as a higher class aristocrat , a dashing swordsman , audacious lover and nimble athlete . The story is set in early 1700s . Lagardere is an aristocrat (Jean Marais) who became a best friend of Duke of Nevers (Hubert Noel) . Nevers' nemesis is the evil Philippe of Gonzague (François Chaumette) . Gonzague, seeking wealth, kills Nevers and Nevers in his dying moments asks Lafardere to care his baby and avenge him , however long that takes . The Prince of Gonzague kills the Duke of Nevers and tries to marry his widow , Lady of Nevers , so he can get his hand on his fortune . The Chevalier Lagardère along with a street urchin named Passepoil (Bourvil who holds the comic relief) take the child Aurore de Nevers / Isabelle of Caylus (one time grown-up Sabine Sesselmann) with them to Toledo , Spain , only to return disguised as a hunchback years later to unmask the Prince for the villain he is . Several years pass . Being deceased Louis XIV , now King of France results to be Louis XV and governs his favorite , the Duke Philippe d'Orléans (Paul Cambo) . In 1717 is appointed ¨the council of family¨ presided by Duke of Orleans to determinate the Nevers's legacy . The Duke of Gonzague has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain . But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Duke as a lucky old man , through his clever disguise as a hunch-back .

Spectacular as well as delightful swordplay in colorful style , this is a superior version of the classic Paul Favel novel set in 18th Century France . It's a nice rendition from the immortal novel with pretty budget and breathtaking scenarios . For this new rendition is adapted in the greatest splendor , the complete romance , the historical characters, the full novel just as Paul Favel write it . It is packed with comedy in charge of Bourvil , derring-do , intrigue, a love story , action , drama and moving swordplay . An awesome casting and lavish production shot in French Studios and location make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler . The picture contains rousing action , plenty of crashing , intrigue , romantic adventure , romance , treachery mayhem and a lot of fence . Amusing swashbuckling with lavish production , glamorous gowns and luxurious sets . Furthermore , a vein of humour is evident here , though sometimes falling flat . For this movie itself , though , energetic and frantic are the best adjectives you could think of to describe its attractions . Sympathetic acting by Jean Marais as a wealthy aristocrat disguises himself as an ironic , deformed hunchback in order to avenge a murder . Pleasant performances by main star cast and enjoyable secondary cast , as the marvelous main actors are completed by stellar cast full of good and veteran French players . Colorful cinematography by Marcel Grignon , being stunningly showed on the splendorous images . Evocative and lively musical score by Jean Marion . Glamorous production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed in Château of Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise, France and Toledo , Spain . The motion picture was professionally realized by Andre Hunebelle . This cool filmmaker provided visual style , comedy , fencing ,drama , clangorous action in equal proportions .

This popular novel has been filmed a lot of times , as a silent version in 1925 by Jean Kemm , Argentina version by Leon Klimovsky , Mexican version by Julio Salvador with Jorge Negrete , Italian adaptation titled ¨Son of Lagardere¨ by Fernando Cerchio with Rossano Brazzi as Philippe of Lagardère , French retelling by Jean Delannoy with Pierre Blanchar and the best version titled ¨Le Bossu¨ was directed by Philippe De Broca (1997) with Daniel Auteuil as Lagardère / Le Bossu , Fabrice Luchini as Gonzague , Vincent Perez as Duc of Nevers and Marie Gillain as Aurore . Furthermore , television renditions starred by Bruno Wolkowitch as Henri of Lagardère / Le Bossu and miniseries , 6 episodes, (1967) , starred by Jean Piat as Henri of Lagardère , Sacha Pitoëff as prince Gonzague and Jacques Dufilho as Passepoil .

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