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Hotel Paradiso (1966)

| Comedy | March 1966 (UK)
Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris - Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the ... See full summary »

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Marcelle Cot
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Benedict Boniface
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Henri Cot
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Angelique Boniface
Duggie Byng ...
M. Martin (as Douglas Byng)
Robertson Hare ...
Duke
David Battley ...
George
Ann Beach ...
Victoire
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Hotel Guest (as Edra Gale)
Darío Moreno ...
The Turk
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Maxime
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Inspector
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Anniello
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La Grande Antoinette
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Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris - Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the next-door neglectful husband Henri with a beautiful but ignored wife Marcelle. Henri traces architectural anomalies (most ghost sounds are drains), and plans a night at the Hotel Paradiso; but this hotel is the assignation spot of Marcelle and Boniface. One wife, two husbands, a nephew, and the perky Boniface maid, all at this 'by the hour' hotel, and consummation of the affair is, to say the least, severely compromised (not the least by a police raid). All of this under Feydeau's eye, and his play is the 'success fou' of the next season. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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The "inn" comedy of the year. See more »

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The women do not wear the correct type of shoe. In this period - late Victorian to WWI - women wore high buttoned boots as daily wear. See more »

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M. Martin: But, then when it rains ca ca... ca ca... ca ca...
Benedict Boniface: Cabbages?
M. Martin: No, ca cats and dogs, immediately my little imp... my little imp...
Benedict Boniface: Your little imp?
M. Martin: My little imp impediment comes on.
Angelique Boniface: How very peculiar.
Benedict Boniface: [mumbles to himself as he turns away] A walking barometer.
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Version of L'hôtel du libre-échange (1995) See more »

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Delightful period piece.
2 January 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I have seen some plays by Feydeau performed by amateurs. Feydeau was a very good writer. He was familiar with the lack of morals in the upper crust society, and he could make people laugh at it. He knew because he belonged there himself. It's recorded that he had one or two mistresses himself!

In this film adaption of one of his more famous plays, the costumes and set designs are very good. The period feeling is impressive. The acting is so-so. Guiness has the best part and does the best acting. Others try hard, but the results feel half-baked. I blame this on the direction, or more likely the lack thereof.

Fans of classic farce, screwball comedy and periodic portraits will be delighted. A couple of in-jokes related to Feydeau's works can be found which will please literature scholars.


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