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Pasha's Wives (1939)

L'esclave blanche (original title)
Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Viviane Romance ...
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Vedad Bey
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Le sultan Soliman
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Safète - la mère de Vedad
Mila Parély ...
Tarkine (as Mila Parely)
Paulette Pax ...
L'amie de Safète
Marcel Lupovici ...
Mourad (as Lupovici)
Roger Blin ...
Maïr (as R. Blin)
Odile Pascal ...
Akilé, la soeur de Mourad
Joe Alex ...
Ali (as Joë Alex)
Jacques Mattler ...
Un conseiller (as J. Mattler)
Edmond Castel ...
(as M. Castel)
Louise Carletti ...
Sheyla
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Djemal Pacha
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Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to his native country. An unfortunate choice indeed as Turkey is not the way she pictured it. Tradition rules the Turkish society and Mireille just cannot be a free woman any longer. There, she is supposed to obey her husband and that is all there is to it. Or is it?... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Mardi Gras
16 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

There is a warning before the cast and credits :the movie does not depict historic events in case the viewer should take it seriously!Although made by an unknown French director,it was supervised by Pabst ,and it should be considered a very entertaining film,devoid of any substance and which is sometimes unintentionally hilarious.

A Turkish politician comes back to his native land with his French wife,Mireille,who thinks she will live a life in a setting like something from the Arabian Nights.She was probably not very smart when she got married because Turkey was not exactly the place where a wife was "free" .Her mother-in-law ("your son has always talked about you,I'm so happy to meet you,I hope we'll be very good friends ,blah blah ") is true to herself that is to say to traditions : a woman must obey her husband ,the kid sister (fourteen years old) is going to marry the pasha who could be her great grand father ,and there's worse: the young husband is presented with a second wife and Mireille is not prepared to accept it! "Those European women!how hard it is to understand their attitude!" moan the Turks.

It looks like "never without my daughter" sometimes,but without a daughter.The cast are incredible: the husband is played by an American (John Lodge) and all the other roles are played by French actors :Sylvie as the matronly mom-in-law and Saturnin Fabre as the pasha with a harem of hundreds are worth the price of admission.Dalio (hardly recognizable)plays the part of a ridiculous sultan fond of pets ("it's a mongrel" says the French woman );the scene when he 's afraid of electricity and shoots out the lights is the "peak" ,so to speak.

Viviane Romance is Mireille,the "modern" French girl ,lost in a land where a woman is not allowed to be "modern".Hence the title which means "White Slave" .A very attractive woman,vamp style,she was lucky enough to be directed by Duvivier ("LA Belle Equipe " and "Panique" ,her best part)and Grémillon ("L'Etrange Monsieur Victor" ).


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