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The Dreamy Mouth (1932)

Mélo (original title)
A woman and two violinists ' drama.

Director:

Paul Czinner

Writers:

Henri Bernstein (play), Paul Czinner | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gaby Morlay ... Gaby
Pierre Blanchar ... Pierre, le mari
Victor Francen ... Marcel, l'amant
Maria Fromet ... L'amie
Jean Bara Jean Bara ... Le petit garcon
Georges Colin Georges Colin
Henry Bonvallet Henry Bonvallet
Blanche Denège Blanche Denège
Guy Favières Guy Favières
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Pierre,the first violin in the Colonne concerts , is married to Romaine who falls in love with Marcel Blanc,a violin virtuoso and her husband's friend.She becomes his mistress,but she cannot make her mind to confess her love affair, devoured by remorse.She thinks of poisoning her husband ,but finally commits suicide. Written by dbdumonteil

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamy Mouth See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Dreaming Lips (1937) See more »

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Neither Melo nor drama
1 June 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Director Paul Czinner was reportedly a violinist extraordinaire and it's really a pity he did not use music with good effects in "Melo" .Only the scene in the theater shows his skills and even this is dwarfed when compared to the way Frank Borzage (among others) combined score with drama in such works as "I'll always love you" .

"Melo" has not worn well.Based on a play ,it looks like a filmed stage production.Acting is very old-fashioned :Pierre Blanchar is almost unbearable,giggling in the first part and groaning in the second one;you should see him with a thermometer in his mouth .Gaby Morlay and Victor Francen are just okay ,the latter lacking in charm for this kind of part (he looks too old although he was only 44)

"Melo" was remade in the eighties by Alain Resnais ;as I'm allergic to Sabine Azema and to post-"Muriel" Resnais,I haven't seen it and I don't feel up to it.But Resnais' numerous fans might be interested in the first version of their "classic".


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