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Mistral's Daughter 

Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Stefanie Powers ...  Maggy Lunel 4 episodes, 1984
Lee Remick ...  Kate Browning 4 episodes, 1984
Stacy Keach ...  Julien Mistral 4 episodes, 1984
Ian Richardson ...  Adrien Avigdor 4 episodes, 1984
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...  Fauve 4 episodes, 1984
Robert Urich ...  Jason Darcy 3 episodes, 1984
Timothy Dalton ...  Perry Kilkullen 3 episodes, 1984
Stéphane Audran ...  Paula Deslandes 3 episodes, 1984
Stephanie Dunnam ...  Teddy Lunel 3 episodes, 1984
Cotter Smith ...  Frank 3 episodes, 1984
Pierre Malet Pierre Malet ...  Eric Avigdor 3 episodes, 1984
Alexandra Stewart ...  Mary Jane Kilkullen 3 episodes, 1984
Joanna Lumley ...  Lally Longbridge 3 episodes, 1984
Caroline Langrishe 3 episodes, 1984
Jonathan Hyde 3 episodes, 1984
Angela Thorne ...  Nanny Butterfield 3 episodes, 1984
Wolf Kahler ...  Major Schmidt 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Gough ...  Cardinal 3 episodes, 1984
Françoise Brion ...  Patricia Falkland 3 episodes, 1984
Shane Rimmer ...  Harry Klein 3 episodes, 1984
Victor Spinetti ...  Bianchi 3 episodes, 1984
Alan Adair Alan Adair ...  Maxwell Browning 3 episodes, 1984
Sean O'Neil Sean O'Neil ...  Louis Fairmont 3 episodes, 1984
Jean Claudio Jean Claudio ...  Etienne Delage 3 episodes, 1984
Pierre Vernier Pierre Vernier ...  Maitre Duclos 3 episodes, 1984
Robert Favard Robert Favard ...  Maitre Fresnais 3 episodes, 1984
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ...  Legrand 3 episodes, 1984
Philippe Sturbelle Philippe Sturbelle ...  Joseph Bernard 3 episodes, 1984
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ...  Docteur Mille 3 episodes, 1984
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ...  Vadim 3 episodes, 1984
Annie Jouzier Annie Jouzier ...  Kiki 3 episodes, 1984
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ...  Alain 3 episodes, 1984
Gilles Tamiz Gilles Tamiz ...  Henri 3 episodes, 1984
Rita Fredricks Rita Fredricks ...  Mariette 3 episodes, 1984
Hélène Vallier Hélène Vallier ...  Ruth Avigdor 3 episodes, 1984
Beth Todd Beth Todd ...  Betty Arnold 3 episodes, 1984
Suzanne Andrews Suzanne Andrews ...  Arkansas 3 episodes, 1984
Nicolas Allen Nicolas Allen ...  Boy 3 episodes, 1984
James Aubrey ...  Chase Arnold 3 episodes, 1984
Albert Augier Albert Augier ...  Taxi Driver 3 episodes, 1984
Carina Barone ...  Gay Barnes 3 episodes, 1984
Renata Benedict Renata Benedict ...  American Woman 3 episodes, 1984
Macha Béranger Macha Béranger ...  Princess Marie-Blanche 3 episodes, 1984
Remy Bertrand Remy Bertrand ...  Gavin 3 episodes, 1984
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet ...  Antoine 3 episodes, 1984
Simon de La Brosse ...  Flower Boy 3 episodes, 1984
Judith Burnett Judith Burnett ...  Maid 3 episodes, 1984
Yves Carlevaris Yves Carlevaris ...  Jean Polisson 3 episodes, 1984
Sylvain Clément Sylvain Clément ...  Armand 3 episodes, 1984
Béatrice Costantini Béatrice Costantini ...  Madame Bie 3 episodes, 1984
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ...  Avigdor's Mother 3 episodes, 1984
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ...  Jean-Luc 3 episodes, 1984
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1984
Guy Dhers Guy Dhers ...  Taxi Driver 3 episodes, 1984
Genevieve Dinouart Genevieve Dinouart ...  Madame Beauvoir 3 episodes, 1984
Isabelle Duby Isabelle Duby ...  Young Woman 3 episodes, 1984
Bill Dunn ...  Salesman 3 episodes, 1984
Anne Dziubak Anne Dziubak ...  Nadine 15 3 episodes, 1984
Christian Erickson Christian Erickson ...  Ed 3 episodes, 1984
Sloan Fischer Sloan Fischer ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1984
Huger Foote Huger Foote ...  Royce 3 episodes, 1984
Peggy Frankston Peggy Frankston ...  Fashion Editor 3 episodes, 1984
Steve Gadler Steve Gadler ...  Bill Hatfield 3 episodes, 1984
Ginny Gates Ginny Gates ...  First Lady 3 episodes, 1984
Sylvie Gregoire Sylvie Gregoire ...  Epinette 16 3 episodes, 1984
Bertrand De Hautefort Bertrand De Hautefort ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1984
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ...  Butler 3 episodes, 1984
Karen Hayes Karen Hayes ...  Ivy 3 episodes, 1984
Hervé Hiolle Hervé Hiolle ...  Elegant Man 3 episodes, 1984
April Hyde April Hyde ...  Mrs. Sanderson 3 episodes, 1984
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ...  Sam Canfield 3 episodes, 1984
Philippe Landoulsi Philippe Landoulsi ...  Man with Black Raincoat 3 episodes, 1984
Christa Lang Christa Lang ...  Concierge 3 episodes, 1984
Anne Lonnberg ...  Perry's Secretary 3 episodes, 1984
Sybil Maas Sybil Maas ...  2nd Lady 3 episodes, 1984
Lisa Marie ...  Angel 3 episodes, 1984
Christophe Merian Christophe Merian ...  Sentry 3 episodes, 1984
Benjamin Moerman Benjamin Moerman ...  John 3 episodes, 1984
Marie-Laure Monrozier Marie-Laure Monrozier ...  Fashionable Woman 3 episodes, 1984
Lucy Morgan Lucy Morgan ...  Betty 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Morris Michael Morris ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1984
Claudia Myers Claudia Myers ...  Harriet 13 3 episodes, 1984
Didier Pain Didier Pain ...  Le Patron 3 episodes, 1984
Rebecca Pauly Rebecca Pauly ...  Falk's Secretary 3 episodes, 1984
André Penvern ...  French Policeman 3 episodes, 1984
Pascal Pistacio Pascal Pistacio ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1984
Gisèle Préville Gisèle Préville ...  Comtesse 3 episodes, 1984
Alan Rossett Alan Rossett ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1984
René Roussel René Roussel ...  Priest 3 episodes, 1984
Liliane Rovère ...  Woman 3 episodes, 1984
Kristin Scott Thomas ...  Nancy 3 episodes, 1984
Margaret Shields Margaret Shields ...  Monique 3 episodes, 1984
Vincent Solignac Vincent Solignac ...  Bad Breath 3 episodes, 1984
Raphaëlle Spencer Raphaëlle Spencer ...  Teddy Child 3 episodes, 1984
Tiffany Spencer Tiffany Spencer ...  Nadine 3 episodes, 1984
Arch Taylor Arch Taylor ...  1st Man 3 episodes, 1984
Ghislaine Valence Ghislaine Valence ...  Concierge 3 episodes, 1984
Marion Varella Marion Varella ...  Ginny Maxwell 3 episodes, 1984
Jean-Marie Vauclin Jean-Marie Vauclin ...  Acne 3 episodes, 1984
Jesse Joe Walsh Jesse Joe Walsh ...  Porter 3 episodes, 1984


Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an arrogant and selfish man who places his work above everything. Their paths diverge as Mistral's art catches the eye of a rich American woman who becomes his patroness and eventually his wife. During the war years in France, Mistral collaborates with the Nazis in order to continue with his work, a decision that will come back to haunt him years later. In the meantime, Maggy has a daughter named Teddy who grows up and falls in love with Mistral with whom she has a child named Fauve. As Mistral ages, he comes to terms with his selfish past and wartime betrayal through his art, leaving a beautiful legacy for his daughter, Fauve. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amour en héritage See more »

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April in Paris
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Jean Sablon
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Belle Epoque Paris through an 80's Lens
22 April 2015 | by amyghostSee all my reviews

What can you say about this? Mistral's Daughter is probably the Gone With The Wind of juicy trash novel-into-miniseries of its era. Stuffed with familiar American actors who just barely pull off their roles as French free spirited artists and models (or, as in Stefanie Powers' case, don't), and nicely spiced with a fair number of British and Continental actors whose appearances chiefly go to prove how bad most American television performers are by comparison, the series has to coast primarily on lush locale filming and some very tony production values.

There are moments that render this gargantuan enterprise not completely without merit--Episode 5, in which we see Mistral's worst nature coming out in his collaboration with the occupying Nazis, which leads to the deaths of several people, and his abandoning of one of his closest associates, has some scenes that are able to evoke genuine emotion in the midst of all the surrounding soap opera; most of the credit for those can be handed easily to the very fine Ian Richardson, whose portrayal of Avigdor, the Jewish gallery owner/dealer who has given Mistral his first public artistic exposure and success (and who wins no gratitude from either Mistral or his scheming wife Kate as a result) is moving and first-rate. His performance carries far and away the most nuance and human believability of anyone in the cast--I'd have frankly been glad to see him given more screen time in trade for some of the purely wooden Robert Urich, for one example.

Stacy Keach tries as the Picasso-esque Mistral--I think what failings there are in his performance stem less from thespic inability on his part than from the basic silliness of Krantz's conception of what a 'narcissistic genius' artist might be like--she gets the high notes right, but obviously can't imagine anything beyond cartoon-level 'complexity' for Mistral's less flamboyantly selfish side (oddly enough, bad a writer as Krantz is, Mistral's Daughter is probably her best-written book, likely because of the affinity with the Jewish issues woven into the plot. These themes seemed to have caused her to tone down the trashiness somewhat, and to treat her material with slightly more respect than is normal for her style. However her take on 'artist's quarter Paris' is hilariously wrong, and the film, with its apparent inability to tone down the overtly contemporary look of most of the actors, particularly a number of the female ones, along with a goodly number of historical inaccuracies, just plays up the anachronistic feel to an annoying degree).

Timothy Dalton is good as Maggie's doomed great love, and initially at any rate, Lee Remick is quite credible as the smitten but always calculating Kate. Her character is turned into such an over-the-top wicked witch sort by the time of her exit however, that she comes off more like a stereotypical soap-queen evil matriarch than as anything recognizably human. Powers can work up the occasional pretty pout in her earlier scenes, but she ain't credible as either 18-year-old nymph or as post-menarche grande dame, and her histrionics in the years between don't add up to much more than a set of nicely photographic cheekbones and some sweetly glycerine tears here and there.

But there are a few bits that make this a not totally worthless jaunt-- a firm grip on the fast-forward button might be advisable--and the penultimate scenes which show Mistral's artistic expiation for his wartime sins do carry some honest emotional heft (though I could wish they'd have come up with better paintings than the ones used to illustrate this), and there is the allure, no matter how silly, of the multi-generational epic device. Despite the main theme of the story dealing with great art and its primacy above all other considerations, don't expect too much high art from this production, and you might step away from it not totally unentertained.

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