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)
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 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)
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 Mary Jane Kilkullen (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Lally Longbridge (3 episodes, 1984)
(3 episodes, 1984)
(3 episodes, 1984)
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 Nanny Butterfield (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Major Schmidt (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Cardinal (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Patricia Falkland (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Harry Klein (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Bianchi (3 episodes, 1984)
Alan Adair ...
 Maxwell Browning (3 episodes, 1984)
Sean O'Neil ...
 Louis Fairmont (3 episodes, 1984)
Jean Claudio ...
 Etienne Delage (3 episodes, 1984)
Pierre Vernier ...
 Maitre Duclos (3 episodes, 1984)
Robert Favard ...
 Maitre Fresnais (3 episodes, 1984)
Jacques Balutin ...
 Legrand (3 episodes, 1984)
Philippe Sturbelle ...
 Joseph Bernard (3 episodes, 1984)
Jacques Maury ...
 Docteur Mille (3 episodes, 1984)
Geoffrey Carey ...
 Vadim (3 episodes, 1984)
Annie Jouzier ...
 Kiki (3 episodes, 1984)
Philippe Mareuil ...
 Alain (3 episodes, 1984)
Gilles Tamiz ...
 Henri (3 episodes, 1984)
Rita Fredricks ...
 Mariette (3 episodes, 1984)
Hélène Vallier ...
 Ruth Avigdor (3 episodes, 1984)
Beth Todd ...
 Betty Arnold (3 episodes, 1984)
Suzanne Andrews ...
 Arkansas (3 episodes, 1984)
Nicolas Allen ...
 Boy (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Chase Arnold (3 episodes, 1984)
Albert Augier ...
 Taxi Driver (3 episodes, 1984)
Carina Barone ...
 Gay Barnes (3 episodes, 1984)
Renata Benedict ...
 American Woman (3 episodes, 1984)
Macha Béranger ...
 Princess Marie-Blanche (3 episodes, 1984)
Remy Bertrand ...
 Gavin (3 episodes, 1984)
Sacha Briquet ...
 Antoine (3 episodes, 1984)
Simon de La Brosse ...
 Flower Boy (3 episodes, 1984)
Judith Burnett ...
 Maid (3 episodes, 1984)
Yves Carlevaris ...
 Jean Polisson (3 episodes, 1984)
Sylvain Clément ...
 Armand (3 episodes, 1984)
Béatrice Costantini ...
 Madame Bie (3 episodes, 1984)
Janine Darcey ...
 Avigdor's Mother (3 episodes, 1984)
Jean-Claude Dauphin ...
 Jean-Luc (3 episodes, 1984)
Yann Dedet ...
 Reporter (3 episodes, 1984)
Guy Dhers ...
 Taxi Driver (3 episodes, 1984)
Genevieve Dinouart ...
 Madame Beauvoir (3 episodes, 1984)
Isabelle Duby ...
 Young Woman (3 episodes, 1984)
Bill Dunn ...
 Salesman (3 episodes, 1984)
Anne Dziubak ...
 Nadine 15 (3 episodes, 1984)
Christian Erickson ...
 Ed (3 episodes, 1984)
Sloan Fischer ...
 Reporter (3 episodes, 1984)
Huger Foote ...
 Royce (3 episodes, 1984)
Peggy Frankston ...
 Fashion Editor (3 episodes, 1984)
Steve Gadler ...
 Bill Hatfield (3 episodes, 1984)
Ginny Gates ...
 First Lady (3 episodes, 1984)
Sylvie Gregoire ...
 Epinette 16 (3 episodes, 1984)
Bertrand De Hautefort ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1984)
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
 Butler (3 episodes, 1984)
Karen Hayes ...
 Ivy (3 episodes, 1984)
Hervé Hiolle ...
 Elegant Man (3 episodes, 1984)
April Hyde ...
 Mrs. Sanderson (3 episodes, 1984)
Billy Kearns ...
 Sam Canfield (3 episodes, 1984)
Philippe Landoulsi ...
 Man with Black Raincoat (3 episodes, 1984)
Christa Lang ...
 Concierge (3 episodes, 1984)
Anne Lonnberg ...
 Perry's Secretary (3 episodes, 1984)
Sybil Maas ...
 2nd Lady (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Angel (3 episodes, 1984)
Christophe Merian ...
 Sentry (3 episodes, 1984)
Benjamin Moerman ...
 John (3 episodes, 1984)
Marie-Laure Monrozier ...
 Fashionable Woman (3 episodes, 1984)
Lucy Morgan ...
 Betty (3 episodes, 1984)
Michael Morris ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1984)
Claudia Myers ...
 Harriet 13 (3 episodes, 1984)
Didier Pain ...
 Le Patron (3 episodes, 1984)
Rebecca Pauly ...
 Falk's Secretary (3 episodes, 1984)
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 French Policeman (3 episodes, 1984)
Pascal Pistacio ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1984)
Gisèle Préville ...
 Comtesse (3 episodes, 1984)
Alan Rossett ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1984)
René Roussel ...
 Priest (3 episodes, 1984)
Liliane Rovère ...
 Woman (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Nancy (3 episodes, 1984)
Margaret Shields ...
 Monique (3 episodes, 1984)
Vincent Solignac ...
 Bad Breath (3 episodes, 1984)
Raphaëlle Spencer ...
 Teddy Child (3 episodes, 1984)
Tiffany Spencer ...
 Nadine (3 episodes, 1984)
Arch Taylor ...
 1st Man (3 episodes, 1984)
Ghislaine Valence ...
 Concierge (3 episodes, 1984)
Marion Varella ...
 Ginny Maxwell (3 episodes, 1984)
Jean-Marie Vauclin ...
 Acne (3 episodes, 1984)
Jesse Joe Walsh ...
 Porter (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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Belle Epoque Paris through an 80's Lens
22 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can you say about this? Mistral's Daughter is probably the Gone With The Wind of juicy trash novel-into-miniseries of its era. Stuffed with familiar American actors who just barely pull off their roles as French free spirited artists and models (or, as in Stefanie Powers' case, don't), and nicely spiced with a fair number of British and Continental actors whose appearances chiefly go to prove how bad most American television performers are by comparison, the series has to coast primarily on lush locale filming and some very tony production values.

There are moments that render this gargantuan enterprise not completely without merit--Episode 5, in which we see Mistral's worst nature coming out in his collaboration with the occupying Nazis, which leads to the deaths of several people, and his abandoning of one of his closest associates, has some scenes that are able to evoke genuine emotion in the midst of all the surrounding soap opera; most of the credit for those can be handed easily to the very fine Ian Richardson, whose portrayal of Avigdor, the Jewish gallery owner/dealer who has given Mistral his first public artistic exposure and success (and who wins no gratitude from either Mistral or his scheming wife Kate as a result) is moving and first-rate. His performance carries far and away the most nuance and human believability of anyone in the cast--I'd have frankly been glad to see him given more screen time in trade for some of the purely wooden Robert Urich, for one example.

Stacy Keach tries as the Picasso-esque Mistral--I think what failings there are in his performance stem less from thespic inability on his part than from the basic silliness of Krantz's conception of what a 'narcissistic genius' artist might be like--she gets the high notes right, but obviously can't imagine anything beyond cartoon-level 'complexity' for Mistral's less flamboyantly selfish side (oddly enough, bad a writer as Krantz is, Mistral's Daughter is probably her best-written book, likely because of the affinity with the Jewish issues woven into the plot. These themes seemed to have caused her to tone down the trashiness somewhat, and to treat her material with slightly more respect than is normal for her style. However her take on 'artist's quarter Paris' is hilariously wrong, and the film, with its apparent inability to tone down the overtly contemporary look of most of the actors, particularly a number of the female ones, along with a goodly number of historical inaccuracies, just plays up the anachronistic feel to an annoying degree).

Timothy Dalton is good as Maggie's doomed great love, and initially at any rate, Lee Remick is quite credible as the smitten but always calculating Kate. Her character is turned into such an over-the-top wicked witch sort by the time of her exit however, that she comes off more like a stereotypical soap-queen evil matriarch than as anything recognizably human. Powers can work up the occasional pretty pout in her earlier scenes, but she ain't credible as either 18-year-old nymph or as post-menarche grande dame, and her histrionics in the years between don't add up to much more than a set of nicely photographic cheekbones and some sweetly glycerine tears here and there.

But there are a few bits that make this a not totally worthless jaunt-- a firm grip on the fast-forward button might be advisable--and the penultimate scenes which show Mistral's artistic expiation for his wartime sins do carry some honest emotional heft (though I could wish they'd have come up with better paintings than the ones used to illustrate this), and there is the allure, no matter how silly, of the multi-generational epic device. Despite the main theme of the story dealing with great art and its primacy above all other considerations, don't expect too much high art from this production, and you might step away from it not totally unentertained.


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