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Tower of Lust (1955)

La tour de Nesle (original title)
France, the beginning of the XIV century. Every night, Queen Margaret of Burgundy and her two sisters arrange orgies, to which beautiful nobles are invited. The young men were brought ... See full summary »

Director:

Abel Gance

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Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Alexandre Dumas (play) (as Alexandre Dumas père) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brasseur ... Jehan Buridan
Silvana Pampanini ... Marguerite de Bourgogne
Paul Guers ... Gaultier d'Aulnay (as Paul Guers de la Comédie Française)
Jacques Toja Jacques Toja ... Philippe d'Aulnay (as Jacques Toja de la Comédie Française)
Marcel Raine Marcel Raine ... Orsini
Constant Rémy Constant Rémy ... Landry
Lia Di Leo Lia Di Leo ... Princesse Blanche
Cristina Grado Cristina Grado ... Princesse Jeanne
Jacques Mafioli Jacques Mafioli ... (as Maffioly)
Rivers Cadet Rivers Cadet ... Le tavernier
Hugues Wanner Hugues Wanner ... Le sénéchal (as Hugues Vanner)
Paul Demange ... Le premier conseiller
Claude Sylvain ... La servante de l'auberge
Catherine Valnay Catherine Valnay
Dominique Relly Dominique Relly
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France, the beginning of the XIV century. Every night, Queen Margaret of Burgundy and her two sisters arrange orgies, to which beautiful nobles are invited. The young men were brought blindfolded, and after a night of love they were killed and their corpses thrown into the river, because the queen was afraid that her husband would learn about her adventures. One of her lovers managed to escape death. He knows the secrets of the queen, knows that she once gave birth to a son from him, claims that he has evidence that Margarita wanted to kill her father and blackmails her. Written by lament

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 March 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Turm der sündigen Frauen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the very worst.
19 July 2007 | by raphael_fournierSee all my reviews

Not much to say in favor of this. If you expect anything near the greatness of, say, Napoléon or Le Capitaine Fracasse or even Un grand Amour de Beethoven, you will be sorry for your move. Costumes and sets are ugly-looking, ridiculous and historically inaccurate (one of the quality you would expect at least of a soap historic melodrama), direction is quite pedestrian, color photography a failure to capture anything but a sorry-looking page in three colors of our grand-parents' illustrated albums. A fact to be mentioned in a picture by Abel Gance : it provides neither a single image nor a single sequence to be remembered. While you watch it, you will yawn, start to do something else while checking occasionally that nothing interesting happens on the screen and go back to it with the satisfaction that you're not losing anything, or you will absorb it like a sleeping drug. And the acting is poor. Even the great Pierre Brasseur and the already fine Michel Bouquet try their best with their cretinous parts but don't manage to convey anything if a reflection of the silliness of the whole piece. And indeed, the other reviewers have at least a point, the film is true to its origin, the French 19th century historic (even more pretentious) melodrama, in that the picture is as bad, far-fetched and feeble-minded as its dramatic ancestor from the paternity of which we must exonerate Alexandre Dumas. You remember Les Enfants du paradis and the awful play, L'Auberge des Adrets. This melodrama is exactly contemporary with La Tour de Nesle. The great actor Frédérick Lemaître (oddly it is also played by Pierre Brasseur) makes a success out of this incredible shambles by making fun of each situation and tuning the melodrama into a comedic contrapuntal masterpiece. It is not what is intended by Gance or Pierre Brasseur, and it is not achieved. By the way, melodramas and movies often turned out right. Not this time. One of the very worst pictures directed by one of the world's most acclaimed and legendary filmmakers (hand in hand with Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Jean Renoir for the same reason). A piece for amateurs of old-fashioned pieces of trash. Anger as high as were my expectations from that director. Really, a turkey of a movie.


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