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La chanson d'une nuit (1933)

Opera singer Enrico Ferraro, tired of his too many engagements, jumps off the train escaping from his manager and changes to another going to the Riviera. He makes a friend and stops at a ... See full summary »
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Enrico Ferraro (as Jean Kiepura)
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Mathilde
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Koretzky
Charles Lamy ...
Balthazar
Pierre Labry ...
L'inspecteur
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Pategg
Charlotte Lysès ...
Mme. Pategg
Clara Tambour ...
Le manager
René Bergeron ...
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Sinoël
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Opera singer Enrico Ferraro, tired of his too many engagements, jumps off the train escaping from his manager and changes to another going to the Riviera. He makes a friend and stops at a village, where (it seems) he can at last have some well deserved holidays, with the added interest of meeting a beautiful girl in the surroundings. Written by BSK

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3 February 1933 (France)  »

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Hoy o nunca  »

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1.37 : 1
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Alternate-language version of Be Mine Tonight (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Tarantella Napolitana
(from "La Danza")
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Carlo Pepoli
Sung by Jan Kiepura
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Singer for one day.
2 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Everybody 's a fan of Enrico Ferraro ,everybody listens to his golden voice ,from the patient on the dentist's chair to the dogs;at the beck and call of a bossy manager ,he wants a rest .On a train ,he gives her the slip and meets an elegant dandy (Pierre Brasseur) who seems to be afraid of the police .

In the town of Monève ,they exchange their identities ;while Koretzky (the false singer) is pampered by the mayor (and wife) ,the opera star is allowed to go for a drive in the country where he meets a pretty girl,Mathilde (Magda Schneider) ,who happens to be the mayor's daughter.

This is a light comedy ,made by famous director Anatole Litvak who gave good movies ("the snake pit" "sorry wrong number" "Mayerling" "all this and Heaven" "the journey movie" ,to name but five)and was already a solid craftsman.

There are really funny situations :the "program " the mayor wants his guest to enjoy (-unveiling of a statue /- a statue to whom?/Dunno!We'll find out) ;it includes the visit of a prison,the thought of which he does not find particularly appealing; the scratched record which fools the rather naive daughter;the serenade under the balcony which lets the cat out of the bag.

Like many movies in the early thirties (see Duvivier,Siodmak ,Pabst),there were two versions :the French one in which the Germans like Schneider are dubbed and the German (Das Lied Einer Nacht" ) one in which it is the other way about.Oddly ,Henri -Georges Clouzot is credited as screenwriter ,but his numerous fans won't find the master's touch.

Almost half a century later ,Magda Schneider's daughter ,the sadly missed Romy ,would team up with Pierre Brasseur's son,Claude, in Claude Sautet's "Une Histoire Simple" .


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