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Madame (1961)

Madame Sans-Gêne (original title)
Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon's army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon's victory, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renaud Mary ...
Léa Gray
Gianrico Tedeschi ...
Enrique Ávila ...
Le sergent Fricasse
Carlo Giuffrè ...
Fernando Sancho ...
Bruno Carotenuto ...
Blanchet - un garde
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Célina Cély ...
Anna dite Ziguette
Caroline Bonaparte (as Annalia Gadé)
Ida Galli
Silvia Solar ...


Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon's army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon's victory, so that after the war the grateful Emperor bestows on the now married couple the title of Duke and Duchess. Catherine squabbles with Napoleon's haughty sisters, scandalizes the nobility with her lack of courtly manners, flirts with the men - and consistently creates havoc as she remains true to her earthy background. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

13 February 1963 (USA)  »

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2.20 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 36239 delivered on 9-12-1961. See more »


When the French revolutionary soldiers march against the Austrian camp, before Lefebvre sabotages the Austrian artillery, a large column of black smoke could be seen already, in the far distance. See more »


Remake of Madam Sans Gene; or, The Duchess of Danzig (1909) See more »

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lots of sass and even a scene from "Bunker Hill Bunny"
20 October 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As I understand it, Madame Sans-Gene (nee Catherine Hubscher) was a crude-mannered Parisian laundress around the time of the French Revolution. She hooked up with Sgt. Francois Joseph Lefebvre, whom Napoleon eventually appointed King of Westphalia. But it didn't end there.

Since I don't know anything specific about Madame Sans-Gene (except that her nickname means "Mrs. No Embarrassment", referring to her behavior), I have to take what this movie says. I don't know whether Christian-Jaque's "Madame Sans-Gene" is supposed to be a comedy, but it sure comes across as such. To be certain, the gunpowder trick during the sabotage scene reminded me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Bunker Hill Bunny".

Anyway, worth seeing, although the scenes early on where the guy fondles Sophia Loren make the movie hard to take seriously. I've never seen any of the other movie versions, so I can't compare it with those. Also starring Robert Hossein and Renaud Mary.

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