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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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Visa de Censure en France # 2697. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia de Witte, Madame la Bourgmestre: Ever since Eden, woman has been better armed.
Town Woman #3: Governing is a man's work. We'd be at a loss.
Cornelia de Witte, Madame la Bourgmestre: On the contrary - we have a long experience. Don't we govern our homes and children?
Town Woman #2: Yes, but not men.
Cornelia de Witte, Madame la Bourgmestre: Men? Even easier.
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She Stoops to Conquer!
29 October 2005 | by spompermayerSee all my reviews

"Carnival in Flanders"

This a clever, charming film that depicts the womenfolk of a Flemish village winning over Spanish invaders. The mayor's wife rallies the women to use all their power and resources to seduce the Spaniards--and it works!

There are some very funny moments involving the vigil for the "deceased" mayor (especially when the court midget blackmails him). Most films about the 17th Century are pretty stodgy, but "Carnival" is delight.

I recommend this film.


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