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Blanche (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 26 January 1972 (France)
Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Writers:

Juliusz Slowacki (from the poem "Mazepa" by), Walerian Borowczyk (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Le châtelain
Georges Wilson ... Le roi
Jacques Perrin ... Bartolomeo
Ligia Branice ... Blanche - la châtelaine
Denise Péronne Denise Péronne ... Madame d'Harcourt
Jean Gras Jean Gras
Lawrence Trimble Lawrence Trimble ... Nicolas - fils du châtelain
Michel Delahaye ... Le moine
Roberto Roberto ... The Dwarf
Genevieve Graves Genevieve Graves
Stanley Barry Stanley Barry
Guy Bonnafoux Guy Bonnafoux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Boissonnade Christian Boissonnade
Annie Challan Annie Challan
Roger Cotte Roger Cotte
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Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master. Written by Francesco Benzi <f.benzi@libero.it>

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Drama | History

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Featured in Monsieur Cinéma: Episode dated 23 January 1972 (1972) See more »

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Tragically Naive
9 July 2004 | by missyamerica18See all my reviews

Though fans of European cinema are most likely to remember the erotic art films of Walerian Borowczyk, "Blanche" purposely avoids explicit sexuality. In fact, the film is a tragic tale of love and lust sans the nudity and sex.

(The only nude scene takes place at the very beginning when Blanche is getting out of her bath.)

The plot concerns the Blanche, the young wife of a much older lord, and the tragedy that is the offspring of 4 men's love for her. Her stepson (a very handsome young man) is pure of heart and is madly in love with her. When he expresses his feelings toward her, she refuses to return them out of loyalty to her husband. Thus, Blanche is a very naive and dedicated woman. However, when the king and his page arrive Blanche is faced with their affections for her...

The story avoids the cliché "happily ever after" ending. In fact, the only survivor in the whole tale is the king. What begins as a light and airy tale ends on a bleak note.

Fans of Borowczyk or European cinema in general should look this film up. It isn't a very fast paced or action filled tale, but the story is very well structured and effective. It is a shame that films aren't made in this vein anymore.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 January 1972 (France) See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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