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Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 18 December 1965 (USA)
Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle (scenario and dialogue), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and dialogue) (as Jean-Claude Carriere)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Maria I
Jeanne Moreau ... Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II
George Hamilton ... Flores
Paulette Dubost ... Mme Diogène
Gregor von Rezzori Gregor von Rezzori ... Diogène (as Gregor Von Rezzori)
Poldo Bendandi Poldo Bendandi ... Werther
Claudio Brook ... The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma ... Rodríguez (as Carlos Lopez Moctezuma)
Jonathan Eden Jonathan Eden ... Juanito Diogène
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... Father Superior
Adriana Roel Adriana Roel ... Janine
José Baviera José Baviera ... Don Alvaro
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... The Dictator of San Miguel (as José Ángel Espinoza)
Fernando Wagner Fernando Wagner ... Father of Maria II
Roberto Pedret Roberto Pedret ... Pablo
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Storyline

Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus, and on her debut as a singer, she unintentionally invents the strip-tease and makes the circus famous. Then they accidentally meet a socialist revolutionary and find themselves leading a revolution against the dictator, the capitalists and the Church. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Viva Don't Miss It! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

18 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Maria See more »

Filming Locations:

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the subject of one of two U.S. Supreme Court cases that led to the establishment of the MPAA Ratings Code. Upon the U.S. release of this "Viva Maria," the movie classification board of the city of Dallas, Texas, banned the movie within the city on the grounds that it was too racy. The American distributor sued - case title: "Interstate Circuit, Inc. v. City of Dallas (1968) - and, on 22 April 1968, won. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that censorship aimed at minors was okay, but censorship could not be applied to adults. On the same day, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in a second case, titled "Ginsberg v. New York (1968)," which established that 17 years of age constituted adulthood in cases of censorship. The case involved a New York City luncheonette owner named Sam Ginsberg who was caught selling a "Playboy" magazine to a 16 year old in a NYPD sting operation. The Supreme Court ruled that if the boy had been 17 years old, then Ginsberg would have done no wrong in selling him the magazine. By combining these two rulings, the Supreme Court established the precedent that adult-oriented movies were acceptable as long as "no one under 17 is admitted without parent or adult guardian." See more »

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Around 01:17:28, we can see cables (under creepers) on each side of the statue, which are extends to separate statue in two pieces. See more »

Connections

Featured in Geburtstagskinder der Nouvelle Vague (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Maria ! Maria !
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by' Louis Malle' and Jean-Claude Carrière
Performed by Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau
(p) 1965, Philips
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For Bardot and Moreau only
3 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

The main merit of the movie is the presence of Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau, at the top of their charm and beauty. The strip-tease scene is the only funny scene instead.

Apart from that and from a good cinematography, the film is quite boring. Louis Malle is one of the leading French "Nouvelle vague" directors, but here he deals with a big budget adventure -he doesn't work in his natural context.

The idea of two girls named Maria who carry on the Mexican revolution could be good, but gags and action scenes are not memorable. In many situations you can guess what is going to happen.

Obviously it's a movie made for exploiting the commercial appeal of the two gorgeous actresses.

Malle, Bardot and Moreau made much better things.


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