MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,513 this week

Désiré (1937)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 198 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 8 critic

Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook, maid, and chauffeur needs a valet. On the eve of going with the minister ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3191 titles
created 17 Jul 2011
 
list image
a list of 56 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 60 titles
created 15 Oct 2012
 
a list of 8566 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Désiré" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Désiré (1937)

Désiré (1937) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Désiré.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Jacqueline Delubac, Sacha Guitry, Lyn Harding
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The history of the palace of Versailles from it's founding to the present.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Michel Auclair, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault
Napoléon (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte's life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jeanne Boitel, Pierre Brasseur
Quadrille (1938)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette, a successful stage actress. He tells her friend ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Gaby Morlay, Jacqueline Delubac
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X." After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Lou Castel, Eddie Constantine, Marquard Bohm
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Michel Simon, Marguerite Pierry, Laurence Badie
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Lana Marconi, Émile Drain
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Jean Poiret, Michel Serrault, Magali Noël
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A witty journey through the history of Paris told to a group of students by Sacha Guitry, from its foundation at the time of Caesar to 1955. Among others you will meet King Charles VII ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Françoise Arnoul, Jeanne Boitel, Gilbert Bokanowski
Désiré (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Bernard Murat
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Fanny Ardant, Claude Rich
Indiscretions (1936)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac, Christian Gérard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sacha Guitry ...
Jacqueline Delubac ...
Jacques Baumer ...
Felix Montignac
Saturnin Fabre ...
Alys Delonce ...
Femme d'Adrien
...
Madeleine, la femme de chambre
Pauline Carton ...
Geneviève Vix ...
La comtesse
Edit

Storyline

Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook, maid, and chauffeur needs a valet. On the eve of going with the minister to Deauville, she engages Désiré, a robust and talkative man, even through his most recent employer, a countess, intimates improprieties. Things go well for a short time: the wealthy talk about the servants, the servants talk about their employers. Then, Désiré has explicit dreams about Odette; his outbursts wake the maid in the next room nightly. Odette has the same dream each night, awaking the minister and his jealousy. Is there any decorous way to handle these subconscious attractions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1937 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fruens Tjener  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Désiré (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The servant
29 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Like many (all?) Guitry's movies ,"Désiré " begins with a spoken "cast and credits" .It was before Welles' "Magnificent Ambersons" wasn't it? Paying a tribute ,not only to his actors but also to all those obscure people who contributed to the movie was pretty smart and generous on Guitry's part,a director whose films were slagged off by critic Georges Sadoul as "mirrors of his ego" " canned plays" .

Time has done Guitry justice.Two of his movies ,this one and "Quadrille" were recently remade.That said ,in spite of brilliant sequences,I think that "Désiré " is too talky -with his scenes with then-wife Delubac ,his delivery is so rapid ,it's sometimes impossible to catch all he is saying.

Désiré is a butler who seduces the posh ladies who hire him.As soon he is in the house,Odette begins to dream she's a love affair with him.The problem is that she speaks and even shouts when she's dreaming and her lover (a politician) is not prepared to accept it.A "Freudian" book about dreams -the kind of work you easily find in a dime store- puzzles the lady.

The second half of the play is not as funny as the first one.The arrival of a stupid hard of hearing old "friend" gets in the way.One should note that the first part did include some memorable scenes by Arletty and Pauline Carton as the chamber maid and the cook .

A good (but not great) Guitry.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Delightful Film! lagal
Discuss Désiré (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?