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Somewhere in Middle America, 1907: Maria II, the daugther of an Irish terrorist, meets after the dead of her father Maria I, the singer of an circus. She decided to stay with the circus. On... See full summary »

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Flores
Paulette Dubost ...
Mme Diogène
Gregor von Rezzori ...
Diogène (as Gregor Von Rezzori)
Poldo Bendandi ...
Werther
Claudio Brook ...
The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma ...
Rodríguez (as Carlos Lopez Moctezuma)
Jonathan Eden ...
Juanito Diogène
Francisco Reiguera ...
Father Superior
Adriana Roel ...
Janine
José Baviera ...
Don Alvaro
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ...
The Dictator of San Miguel (as José Ángel Espinoza)
Fernando Wagner ...
Father of Maria I
Roberto Pedret ...
Pablo
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Somewhere in Middle America, 1907: Maria II, the daugther of an Irish terrorist, meets after the dead of her father Maria I, the singer of an circus. She decided to stay with the circus. On her debue as a singer, she accidently invented strip-tease, that made the circus famous. But accidently they meet an sozialist revolutionair and finding themselves leading this revolution against the dictaor, the capitalists and the church. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Viva Fun! Viva Can-Can! Viva Adventure! Viva Strip Tease! Viva Love! Viva Boom-Boom! See more »


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18 December 1965 (USA)  »

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"Breaking the fourth wall" dialogue when "Maria II" (Jeanne Moreau) is descending the stairs as "Flores" is being carried ahead of her, she begins what is later said to be "a rather free adaptation" of Mark Antony's funeral oration over Caesar's body from Shakespeare, in Act III, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar. As she begins, someone in the crowd asks "What's she up to?" And the magician "Diogène" says "This is her big scene." See more »

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The Pound sign on the wanted poster has been placed after the figure. This is the French practice. In England it would be in front. See more »


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La Marsellaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Maria quotes the first lines when addressing the rebels
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For Bardot and Moreau only
3 October 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The main merit of the movie is the presence of Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau, at the top of their charm and beauty. The strip-tease scene is the only funny scene instead.

Apart from that and from a good cinematography, the film is quite boring. Louis Malle is one of the leading French "Nouvelle vague" directors, but here he deals with a big budget adventure -he doesn't work in his natural context.

The idea of two girls named Maria who carry on the Mexican revolution could be good, but gags and action scenes are not memorable. In many situations you can guess what is going to happen.

Obviously it's a movie made for exploiting the commercial appeal of the two gorgeous actresses.

Malle, Bardot and Moreau made much better things.


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