Jean-Gaspard Deburau is a very successful mime, the most famous in his category. One day, he falls head over heels in love with Marie Duplessis, a courtesan better known as "La Dame aux ... See full summary »
Jean-Gaspard Deburau is a very successful mime, the most famous in his category. One day, he falls head over heels in love with Marie Duplessis, a courtesan better known as "La Dame aux Camélias". But he soon realizes that he is but a number in her long list of lovers. He will find comfort in devoting his time teaching his art to his son Charles. Written by
Guitry's fascination for getting old was glaring in the last part of his career.Some of his works dealt directly (as in the present work) with the problems faced by an aging director who wonders if he can still keep it together."Si Versailles M'Etait Conté" showed an aging Louis XIV,in the Maintenon years ;"Si Paris M'Etait Conté" showed an old Voltaire .But it was "Debureau" that revealed the director's fears.
Not a very entertaining work,more interesting than really enjoyable;it does not give as much pleasure as such works as "Les Perles De La Couronne" or one of the two movies I mention above.In spite of its dialog written in verse,it's an almost frightening meditation upon mortality,Guitry's most confessional film .
Deburau (spelled Debureau) was a character in Carné's masterpiece "Les Enfants Du Paradis";but Guitry's Deburau has become an old mime whose life is coming to nothing when he has to retire and when his lover leaves him for another younger suitor .The last picture,in spite of its "the show must go on" feeling ,is the saddest in all Guitry's movies.
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