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This movie is very old, but it still has some charm. The acting is very fine and it still catches your heart. But the directing is very poor. Perhaps it was the style in the mid-sixties, but today the movie seems to be directed from many directory who could not agree about hoy to show something.
A german countess (Heidelinde Weis) and an french aristocrat (Harald Leipnitz) are forced to a marriage. With her charming manners at least she wins the love of her prince. An old-fashioned, but entertaining entry in the long history of german history-comedies.
Be warned: the characters and storyline in this film have no bearing on historical accuracy. For instance her husband, the Duc d'Orleans, is portrayed as being an incorrigible skirt-chaser,whereas his actual proclivities were notoriously otherwise! The costume designer seemed unsure whether the story was set in the seventeenth century or the eighteenth (it is supposed to be the early 1670s), while the hair and make up are firmly of the 1960's. Having said that it must be remembered that this film is in the genre of historical drama/comedies favoured at one time in Europe (which has its roots in pre-WW1 operetta). The good points for me were the light-hearted tone; the gorgeous (sometimes frightening!) Eastman colour; the spectacular settings; and the acting of the main protagonists. (Although physically Louis XIV reminded me of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz!) A good all round family film but very much of its time.
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