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Un soir de réveillon (1933)

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(as Charles Anton)

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(operetta), (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Meg Lemonnier ...
Monique Lepage aka Ninon
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Gérard Cardova
Armand Dranem ...
Honoré
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Viviane
René Donnio ...
Bob
Martine de Breteuil ...
Loulette (as Moussia)
Marcel Carpentier ...
Carbonnier
Robert Casa ...
M. Lepage
José Sergy ...
Landier
Lucette Desmoulins ...
Paulette
Pierre Sarda
René Koval
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Rose Lorraine
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song | singer | operetta | love | holiday | See All (13) »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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18 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Eve  »

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1.37 : 1
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Jingle bells
26 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film has an American title ("Christmas Eve") for it was -which was rare in the French early thirties- a Paramount production.Like all those first talkies,it was nothing but filmed stage production style.Adapted from an operetta ,which means that you can hear a song every five minutes;these songs have become unbearable,at least to my ears,but there's no accounting for taste.

The story: a lady killer meets "Un Soir de Reveillon" an innocent young thing -much smarter than he thought- .He wants her to become his mistress and he buys for her a town house.But this desirable property belongs to the girl's daddy.

The film would be stodgy and unwatchable if it were not for Arletty in a supporting part.Jean Boyer ,the writer,who came up with one or two good lines ,would work later with Arletty with much better results ("Circonstances Attenuantes") and a much better song ("Comme De Bien Entendu").

Fortunately,Arletty is often on the screen ,and the two best scenes belong to her:

-The very first scene (her voice is the first sound you hear,which is enough to be elated)when she decorates the Christmas tree with her English lover ,then breaks into " Il Est Né Le Divin Infant " before joining her bunch of revelers .

-The scene in her bathroom which is by far the best in the whole movie:the door seems open to every Tom,Dick and Harry.


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