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Rose-France (1919)

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Claude-France Aïssé ... Franciane Roy (as Mademoiselle Aïssé)
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Baron Byron Khun de Prorak ... Red Indian
Byron Kuhn
Francis Byrne
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27 June 1919 (France)  »

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Marcel L'Herbier's first film for Gaumont received poor reviews. The journal la Cinématographie farnçaise best description was that it is "feeble, limp, longwinded and maudlin." See more »

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Patriotism Entwined With Love Matters

Herr Marcel L'Herbier was one of the most important French silent pioneers of his time and he is highly considered by this German count due to his avant-garde spirit and whose oeuvre maintains its merits even today.

"Rose-France" is a very good example of those qualities and Herr L'Herbier's skills because this time he put together in a remarkable way, avant-garde technique and romanticism.

Even for a German count who doesn't have heart in the long haired sense( the aristocracy only use that muscle due to its useful functionality ) was moved by the tormented love story depicted in the film: A young lady accepts a rose from an anonymous hand, a fact that arouses the anger of her fiancée, a man tormented by jealousy and his experience in the recent great war. He knows there is no rose without a thorn and, obsessed by this fact, he later will discover that his beloved wrote a book sometime ago, an oeuvre that included poems in what it seems to be a declaration of love for another man).

As this German count said before, the most astonishing aspect of this film is the combination of different techniques in order to elaborate a story of romanticism, a film of "amour fou" full of beautiful images including art symbolisms and classic pictorial reminiscences; not in vain Herr L'Herbier belong to the "Impressionists", a French club or "societé" that included important names as Herr Gance or Herr Epstein. This is not to overlook the war echoes of the oeuvre, so important to contrast the naked truth against idealized dreams.

Probably the most transgressive, original and even "provocateur" aspect depicted in the film is its implicit patriotism entwined with love matters; a risky subject because in hands of an inexperienced director the final result could turn into a ridiculous demagogic film but thanks Gott and in spite of the fact that "Rose-France" was one of the first films directed by Herr L'Herbier, he clearly knew what he wanted to achieve and expressed it accordingly.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must go yell to his gardener.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/


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