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Le capitaine Fracasse (1929)

Capt. Fracasse, a down-on-his-luck nobleman, gives shelter at his estate one night to a troupe of traveling actors. He falls in love with Isabelle, an actress with the group. The next day, ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Pierre Blanchar ... Baron de Sigognac / Le capitaine Fracasse
Lien Deyers ... Isabelle
Charles Boyer ... Duc de Vallombreuse
Daniel Mendaille ... Agostin
Pola Illéry ... Chiquita
Marie-Thérèse Vincent Marie-Thérèse Vincent ... Séraphine
Odette Josylla Odette Josylla ... Zerbine
Marguerite Moreno ... Dame Léonarde
Armand Numès ... Blazius
Paul Quevedo Paul Quevedo ... Leander (as Quevedo)
Paul Velsa Paul Velsa ... Matamore
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Scapín
Léon Courtois Léon Courtois ... Herode
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Benoît Georges Benoît
Clairette de Savoye Clairette de Savoye ... (as de Savoye)
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Capt. Fracasse, a down-on-his-luck nobleman, gives shelter at his estate one night to a troupe of traveling actors. He falls in love with Isabelle, an actress with the group. The next day, as they prepare to leave, he decides to join them, seeing as how his future looks none too promising where he is, but mainly to be with Isabelle. Along the way, however, Isabelle is kidnapped by a villainous nobleman who wants her for himself. Capt. Fracasse must ride to the rescue of his beloved. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 February 1929 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Fracasse See more »

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Lutèce Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remade as Capitan Fracassa (1958) See more »

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European Comedy Theatre Of The XVII Century
20 February 2010 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

Herr Sigognac ( Herr Pierre Blanchar ) is a young French nobleman without means ( well, this it is not a tragic fact for this German count who has known such want during his youthful days, his mature days and even his twilight days… ); he lives a poor and miserable existence in his Schloss until one night unexpectedly a troupe of strolling players asks for shelter. Herr Sigognac will offer his aristocratic roof to the troupe and will be especially attracted to Isabelle ( Frau Lien Deyers ), a beautiful actress, so the next morning, after a short hesitation, he decides to join the actors and travel to Paris with them, becoming, after a violent incident involving two gypsies, the Captain Fracasse.

"Le Capitaine Fracasse" (1929) is a classic adventure epic directed by Herr Alberto Cavalcanti, a director who will do his most important work in France, the land in which he was educated, although he will direct in a number of other countries during the years. The film was based on a famous novel by the French writer Herr Théophile Gautier that obviously this Herr Von hasn't read it because it was written in French. The story is full of funny, sarcastic and cynical characters inspired by the European comedy theatre of the XVII century.

A very interesting part of the film is its novel subject, the recreation of the lives and work of those strolling players who, for a few coins, performed their comedies in any available place: small towns, populous barns, crowded taverns with audiences of commoners and noblemen alike. The film includes action and adventure involving a wicked enmity between the captain Fracasse and the Duke of Vallombreuse ( Herr Charles Boyer ) who will fight during the whole movie for the love of Frau Isabelle.

The direction is perfect, including elegant camera movements and elaborate adventure sequences with beautiful outdoor scenery. It is a well-done swashbuckler film, archetypical in many moments and indeed very professional but it is a bit too much like other adventure films of those silent days and in some ways does not stand out from them.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must direct a troupe of Teutonic rich heiresses.

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


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