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La Malibran (1944)

The rise and fall of a diva circa 1820.

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Sacha Guitry
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Geori-Boué Geori-Boué ... Maria Malibran (de l'Opéra: Opéra de Paris)
Suzy Prim ... La comtesse Merlin
Mona Goya ... Madame Garcia
Jacques Jansen Jacques Jansen ... Charles de Bériot
Jean Weber Jean Weber ... Le roi de Naples (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Jean Debucourt ... L'ami de la comtesse (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Mario Podesta Mario Podesta ... Manuel Garcia
Louis Arnoult Louis Arnoult ... Ténor (de l'Opéra-Comique)
Madeleine Sibille Madeleine Sibille ... La cantatrice / Soprano - de l'Opéra-Comique
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La concierge
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Lamartine
Robert Favart Robert Favart ... Le ravisseur
Michel Marsay Michel Marsay
André Carnège André Carnège ... Le médecin
Jean Chaduc Jean Chaduc ... Victor Hugo
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This is the story of an opera star ,La Malibran.So it can be considered Guitry's foray into musicals .Maria Malibran's story (1808-1836) is told by her best friend ,countess Merlin .The worst thing she did in her short career was to marry Malibran ,a man who asked her to give up singing;then ,when he was short of the readies,to resume her career because "you do not have to be ashamed of the money you make when you are an artist".La Malibran,when she knows she performs on stage for the last time ,begins to sing her own composition "death" . Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 May 1944 (France) See more »

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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.37 : 1
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31 May 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is the story of an opera star ,La Malibran.So it can be considered Guitry's foray into musicals .Maria Malibran's story (1808-1836) is told by her best friend ,countess Merlin (Suzy Prim).The worst thing she did in her short career was to marry Malibran (Sacha Guitry),a man who asked her to give up singing,then ,when he was short of the readies,to resume her career because "you do not have to be ashamed of the money you make when you are an artist".

Like in many movies,Guitry introduces great names in history:Lamartine ,Hugo,Rossini and even La Fayette ,a French Revolution survivor.Could be described as the rise and fall of a diva circa 1820.It's only in the last scenes that we feel Guitry's touch:death obsession is present in almost all his best movies;Like in his other biopic "Deburau" ,Guitry depicts the end of a legend : the mime could hand on the torch to his son;La Malibran ,who is dying ,hear a young singer :she makes her come and give her some advice.

Best scene: La Malibran,who knows she performs on stage for the last time ,begins to sing her own composition "death" .

"La Malibran" cannot be looked upon as one of Guitry's finest achievements but his fans won't waste their time if they give it a chance.


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