The ordeals of a crude washerwoman in the chic court of Napoleon the First;La Maréchale Lefèvre ,a former launderer who followed the emperor in many of his campaigns is the laughing stock ...
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Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon's army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon's victory, ... See full summary »
A re-edited version of Abel Gance's silent masterpiece 'Napoléon vu par Abel Gance', with sound effects added, dialogue post-dubbed by actors over the lip movements of the original actors, ... See full summary »
The ordeals of a crude washerwoman in the chic court of Napoleon the First;La Maréchale Lefèvre ,a former launderer who followed the emperor in many of his campaigns is the laughing stock of the court .Although she takes lessons in deportment ,she 's not able to learn good manners and the posh new aristocrats snub her and call her names .When the emperor, his wife Marie-Louise and Neipperg are involved in an intrigue,she saves the situation. Written by
Adapted from a very famous play,"Madame Sans -Gêne" is Arletty's one woman show ;the part was tailor-made for her and I insist that this movie should be watched in French with subtitles ,because if dubbed in English or another language,it loses 90% of its appeal:such was Arletty's talent,one of the greatest actresses France had ever had.
The play deals with the ordeals of a crude washerwoman in the chic court of Napoleon the First;historical background is vague and thin but never mind.It's Arletty who matters.As for Roger Richebé ,he was not the mediocre director whom most of the critics despise.
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