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Carl Theodor Dreyer
Follows the rise and triumph of Madame DuBarry as she sleeps and teases her way from a worker in a millinery shop to King Louis XV's mistress and to Countess (at least in name). The final scenes showing her condemnation and execution during the French Revolution look like an afterthought.
A heavy historical spectacle, though the cast of thousands mainly is around for the Revolution scenes.
Pola Negri is the main bright spot and she can be quite enchanting when shy tries (mainly during the first third of the picture).
Why it was banned in France is unclear, though none of the major characters are very sympathetic.
Has little of the Lubitsch touch.
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