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The Contessa's Secret (1954)

La contessa di Castiglione (original title)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne De Carlo ... La Castiglione - Virginia Oldoini
Georges Marchal ... Lucio Falengo
Paul Meurisse ... L'empereur Napoléon III
Rossano Brazzi ... Le comte de Cavour
Lucienne Legrand Lucienne Legrand ... L'impératrice
Lea Padovani ... La princesse Mathilde Bonaparte
Georges Lannes ... Mocquart
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Pietri
Tamara Lees Tamara Lees ... La princesse de Metternich
Claude Boissol Claude Boissol ... Nigra
Lisette Lebon Lisette Lebon ... Luisa
Gil Delamare ... Un conjuré
Guy Cosson Guy Cosson ... Gino
Pierre Flourens Pierre Flourens ... Monsieur de Nieuwerkerke
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Masson - un indicateur
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Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 1954 (France) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Yvonne's the one
29 June 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

(plot):The countess of Castiglione,who wishes Italian unity ,saves a young patriot ,Falengo,at the time of a murder attempt on Victor- Emmanuel II,then tries to seduce Napoleon the Third to urge him to support Cavour.

Most of the action takes place in the imperial court,where Castaglione meets an enemy,in the shape of Madame De Metternich.The romantic ending ,a la Comedia Della Arte ,is rather tasteful.

The cast is rather bizarre : Yvonne De Carlo,in one of her more obscure parts ,is well cast as one of the most beautiful women of the nineteenth century;George Marchal is a good match,in the grand tradition of Jean Marais;Paul Meurisse ,cast as Napoleon III ,is the future villain of "les Diaboliques" .

(After the fall of the second empire and the coming of the Third Republic,Madame De Castiglione's decline was fast:she reportedly became so ugly that people did not want to recognize the intriguer who used to fascinate the crowds.)


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