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A Woman of Evil (1954)

La reine Margot (original title)
Two riders ride to Paris carrying a message for their respective lords. One is a faithful servant of Henry of Navarre, the other of the Duke of Guise.

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Jean Dréville
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Marguerite de Valois, "La Reine Margot" / Queen Margot
Armando Francioli ... Joseph Peyrac La Môle / Duke of Mole
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Charles IX
Henri Génès ... Annibal de Coconas (as Henri Genès)
Françoise Rosay ... Catherine de Médicis / Catharine of Medici
André Versini André Versini ... Henri de Navarre / Henry of Navarra
Fiorella Mari Fiorella Mari ... Henriette
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Henri d'Anjou
Patrizia Lari Patrizia Lari ... Carlotta
Nicole Riche Nicole Riche ... Gilonne
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... L'amiral de Coligny
Guy Kerner Guy Kerner ... Le duc de Guise
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Le gouverneur de la prison / Prison Governor
Jean Témerson Jean Témerson ... L'aubergiste de 'La belle étoile' (as Jean Temmerson)
Olivier Mathot ... Pierre
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Two riders ride to Paris carrying a message for their respective lords. One is a faithful servant of Henry of Navarre, the other of the Duke of Guise.

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

25 November 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bartholomäusnacht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Religion plus politics; a deadly combination.
31 January 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

I am sorry to say that I have never yet found a film by Jean Dreville to be completely satisfying and this film is no exception. Filmed in Eastmancolor by Alekan and Hubert with splendid art design by Maurice Colasson and the always excellent costume design by Rosine Delamare this cannot fail to look good but still 'misses it' somehow. Having impressed as Tsarina Catherine for the same director in 'Jouer d'Echecs' it is only natural that Francoise Rosay should play Catherine de Medicis. Suffice to say she dominates the screen. As Marguerite de Valois Jeanne Moreau draws upon her stage experience as well as being eminently filmic. A great artiste whose iconic roles were still a few years away. A previous reviewer has referred to the acting by the rest of the cast as adequate for the time. I would go so far as to say that the acting is inadequate for any time! The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre is as graphic as censorship at the time would allow. There are many who will I am sure enjoy this adaptation of the novel by Alexande Dumas pere but this reviewer still seeks a film by Dreville about which he can unreservedly enthuse. I live in hopes!


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