MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,646 this week

Sirocco (1938)
"La maison du Maltais" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  10 August 1946 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 58 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Town trollop Safia, much against her better judgment, falls in love with Matteo, a beggar and mystic in the native quarter of Sirocco. She flees to France, first as the mistress and then ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 05 Dec 2010
 
a list of 10 titles
created 12 Dec 2010
 
a list of 618 titles
created 30 Oct 2013
 
a list of 2240 titles
created 02 Apr 2014
 
list image
a list of 95 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sirocco" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sirocco (1938)

Sirocco (1938) on IMDb 6.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sirocco.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ...
...
Rossignol
Pierre Renoir ...
Chervin
Jany Holt ...
Greta
...
Matteo (as Dalio)
Gina Manès ...
Olga
Fréhel ...
Rosina
Jean Davy ...
Un ami de Chervin
Max Dalban ...
Un ami de Chervin (as Dalban)
Pierre Labry ...
Le chef
Gaston Modot ...
Le soutier
Martial Rèbe ...
Ibrahim le Maltais
André Gabriello ...
L'homme volé (as Gabriello)
Nina Myral ...
L'épouse du collectionneur
Sinoël ...
Robillard
Edit

Storyline

Town trollop Safia, much against her better judgment, falls in love with Matteo, a beggar and mystic in the native quarter of Sirocco. She flees to France, first as the mistress and then wife of a wealthy archaeologist, and bears him Matteo's child, whom he believes to be his own. Complications arise years later when Matteo finds Safia, and a ring of blackmailers uncover her past and exposes her to her husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirocco  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Les dossiers de l'écran: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One too many nights.
30 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

A first version was filmed in 1927,but it seems forever lost.Now only Chenal's version is relatively easy to see.Made just before "le dernier tournant" (the first version of "the postman always rings twice"),"la maison du Maltais has got a pretty good reputation.Does it deserve it?Much more than "l'alibi' (1937)...but much less than "la foire aux chimères" (1946).

In a chocolate box Arabian country -which recalls Duvivier's "pepe le moko" which also features chanteuse Frehel- a poetic young dreamer falls in love with a whore,Safia, with whom he dreams of a home and a family,in his father's house ,the magic "maison du Maltais".He gets Safia pregnant but ,as he does not come back from a dubious voyage (smuggling),she leaves the country for France where she marries a chic wealthy man.

This is pure melodrama and John Stahl would not disown it;everything's here:the prostitutes in their brothel,trying to make ends meet;the unfortunate girl,dying in her hospital bed;the gentleman who believes the little girl is his daughter;a blackmailer.

Matteo lives in another world,the world of the tales from the Arabian nights;when he awakes ,it's too late.Safia is told that the only way to get by is not to tell the truth to men.

As always in a Chenal's movie,the cast is first-class:Dalio,Renoir's favorite actor as Matteo;Vivianne Romance,who often gets parts of a bitch displays a lot of humanity here:she almost plays two parts,the hooker and the socialite;Louis Jouvet in a short part of a private eye(and blackmailer).

Some scenes are close to fantastic and predates Chenal's towering achievement "la foire aux chimères" :Safia,leaving her hard-won bourgeois manners home ,and playing the hooker again to fool Matteo;the "maison du Maltais" which seems to come from the Arabian tales;the strange dummy which Matteo's pals use to ridicule him.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sirocco (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?