Mistral's Daughter (1984)

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Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an ... See full summary »

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 Maggy Lunel (4 episodes, 1984)
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 Kate Browning (4 episodes, 1984)
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 Julien Mistral (4 episodes, 1984)
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 Adrien Avigdor (4 episodes, 1984)
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...
 Fauve (4 episodes, 1984)
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 Jason Darcy (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Perry Kilkullen (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Paula Deslandes (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Teddy Lunel (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Frank (3 episodes, 1984)
Pierre Malet ...
 Eric Avigdor (3 episodes, 1984)
Alexandra Stewart ...
 Mary Jane Kilkullen (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Lally Longbridge (3 episodes, 1984)
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Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an arrogant and selfish man who places his work above everything. Their paths diverge as Mistral's art catches the eye of a rich American woman who becomes his patroness and eventually his wife. During the war years in France, Mistral collaborates with the Nazis in order to continue with his work, a decision that will come back to haunt him years later. In the meantime, Maggy has a daughter named Teddy who grows up and falls in love with Mistral with whom she has a child named Fauve. As Mistral ages, he comes to terms with his selfish past and wartime betrayal through his art, leaving a beautiful legacy for his daughter, Fauve. Written by Anonymous

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big, lush miniseries
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another of those big, lush '80s miniseries, better known as trash wallows. What fun they were - expensive, scenic, opulent. Mistral's Daughter is based on a novel by Judith Kranz, concerning three generations of women in the same family involved with a great artist, portrayed by Stacy Keach. Stefanie Powers plays Maggy, the matriarch of the family, who, as a young woman, meets Mistral and becomes involved with him. Later on, her daughter meets him, falls in love with him and bears him a child.

Mistral is a real jerk, a Nazi collaborator who turns escaping Jews away at his gates and even turns in a few to get paint supplies. The kind of total narcissist codependents fall in love with. When his illegitimate daughter finds out about this years later, Mistral has to come to grips with his own selfish, self-absorbed life.

For a good actor, Stacy Keach isn't very good in this - everyone suffers from rotten accents. Stefanie Powers is always good but playing a 17-year-old when she was over 40 may not have been the best move, although she certainly is very beautiful.

All in all, this is a very entertaining miniseries. Just don't take it too seriously and enjoy it for what it is - an '80s artifact.


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