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Zaza (1923)

Zaza is an actress and the favorite at an open-air theater in a small French town. When diplomat Bernard Dufresne comes to the village, he stays away for fear he will fall for her. But when Zaza is badly injured, he has no choice.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Pierre Berton (play), Albert S. Le Vino (as Albert Shelby Le Vino) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Zaza
H.B. Warner ... Bernard Dufresne
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Duke de Brissac
Lucille La Verne ... Aunt Rosa
Mary Thurman ... Florianne
Yvonne Hughes Yvonne Hughes ... Nathalie - Zaza's Maid
Riley Hatch ... Rigault
L. Rogers Lytton L. Rogers Lytton ... Stage Manager (as Roger Lytton)
Ivan Linow ... Apache
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Zaza is an actress and the favorite at an open-air theater in a small French town. When diplomat Bernard Dufresne comes to the village, he stays away for fear he will fall for her. But when Zaza is badly injured, he has no choice.

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Her Biggest Successes are Dwarfed Beside "ZAZA." (Print Ad- Morning Leader, ((Regina, Sask.)) 7 December 1923) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Zaza" by David Belasco (from the play by Pierre Berton and Charles Simon) opened at the Garrick Theater on January 9, 1899. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood (1980) See more »

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I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
12 June 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I am not a fan of tear jerkers in which women must suffer because they've fallen in love with a married man. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed this movie, in no small part because star Gloria Swanson treads the difficult performance between misery and self-mockery so adroitly.

I was just settling into grudging appreciation when Miss Swanson began to play the piano and accompanist Ben Model broke into "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You". The next time the sheet music was displayed, I checked. The title was "Plasir d'Amour" but the notes were the Elvis Presley hit. I only hope that Ben has a chance to explain it to the audience before the next performance.

That settled, I began to appreciate the movie again and it grew with each scene. Allan Dwan got superlative performances out of his actors, including the usually boring Mary Thurman. By the time the movie ended and there were no villains, I realized this was as good as a popcorn movie gets.

I don't know when you'll get a chance to see it -- the only known complete copy is at the Library of Congress and there's some blurring and minor decomposition towards the end. However, if the chance, comes, see it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

21 October 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zaza, das Mädel vom Varieté See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$427,875
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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