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Carnival in Flanders (1935)

La kermesse héroïque (original title)
Tells the story of the Spanish invasion of Flanders

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Charles Spaak (short story), Bernard Zimmer (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Rosay ... Cornelia de Witte, Madame la Bourgmestre / Madame Burgomaster
André Alerme ... Korbus de Witte, le bourgmestre / The Burgomaster (as Alerme)
Jean Murat ... Le duc d'Olivarès / The Duke
Louis Jouvet ... Le chapelain / The Priest
Lyne Clevers Lyne Clevers ... La poissonnière / The Fish-Wife (as Lynne Clevers)
Micheline Cheirel ... Siska
Maryse Wendling Maryse Wendling ... La boulangère / The Baker's Wife
Ginette Gaubert Ginette Gaubert ... L'aubergiste / The Inn-Keeper's Wife
Marguerite Ducouret Marguerite Ducouret ... La femme du brasseur / The Brewer's Wife
Bernard Lancret ... Julien Breughel
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... Josef Van Meulen, le boucher
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... L'aubergiste / The Inn-Keeper
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... Le poissonnier / The Fishmonger (as Arthur Devere)
Marcel Carpentier Marcel Carpentier ... Le boulanger / The Baker
Alexander D'Arcy ... Le capitaine / The Captain (as Alexandre Darcy)
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Storyline

When the village of Boom, in Flanders, learns a Spanish Duke and his troops plan to pass the night, the 4-man army deserts and the Mayor plays dead; so the Mayor's wife organizes the townswomen to greet the invaders and preserve the peace with womanly wiles. Written by Rich Wannen <Wannen@swbell.net>

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival in Flanders See more »

Filming Locations:

Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Production Co:

Films Sonores Tobis See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Korbus de Witte, le bourgmestre: No need to explain. I was once young too. Wine and women - - it all costs money.
Julien Breughel: Oh, you mustn't think -...
Korbus de Witte, le bourgmestre: Have a good time!
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7 January 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A fun and charming film, but pretty forgettable. I watched it as the first part of a double feature (the second film being Mildred Pierce), and I hardly remember a thing about it. The story concerns the people of Flanders who have to deal with a Spanish invasion (the year is 1616). They are peaceful people and the Spanish are not. The mayor and other regents of the city are sure that there will be rape and bloodshed everywhere. Most of them want to flee. The mayor's wife and the other women don't like their husbands' cowardice. They try to think of a way to avoid violence. When the Spanish arrive, the men are mostly hiding and the mayor is playing dead. The women charm them. The Duke of the Spaniards is attracted to the mayor's wife. Meanwhile, there's a cute little love subplot between an artist and the mayor's daughter. Her father wants her to marry a man of higher class, but her mother perfectly loves the romantic artist. Through the film, she contrives a way for the two to get married without the mayor's approval. There are many better films to search out and watch, but if you think you've seen everything else, I guess this is okay to see. 7/10.


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