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Princesse Mandane (1928)

Brazen embrace of fashionable costume and glamour creates a witty celebration of Orientalism and cinema itself.

Director:

Germaine Dulac

Writer:

Pierre Benoît (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edmonde Guy Edmonde Guy ... Mandane
Ernst Van Duren ... Étienne Pindère (as Edmond van Duren)
Jacques Arnna Jacques Arnna ... Gerys-Kahn
Mona Goya ... Simoun
Yvonne Legeay Yvonne Legeay
Paul Lorbert Paul Lorbert
Valenti Colino Valenti Colino ... Azime Electropoulos
Gérard de Wibo Gérard de Wibo ... Michel Voraguine
Christian Gérard Christian Gérard
Brindusa Grozavescu Brindusa Grozavescu ... Lily de Thorigny
Sylvie Mai Sylvie Mai ... Anna
Edmond Van Daële
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Brazen embrace of fashionable costume and glamour creates a witty celebration of Orientalism and cinema itself.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 November 1928 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

L'oublié See more »

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Production Co:

Les Films Alex Nalpas See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Witty and clever
26 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

excerpt, more at my location - Feminist director Germaine Dulac shows a more commercial and populist approach in this 1928 feature than the avant garde and experimental style for which she is better known. The film reworks Pierre Benoit's novel, L'Oublié, but while Benoit's novel was a more straightforward tale of adventure and derring do, Dulac transposes the film's opening scenes to the mundane urban setting of a factory, and constructs a parable about the delights and dangers of fantasy and escapism.

Witty and clever, with a surprisingly modern and tongue in cheek send up of cinematic romance and heroics, it seems almost churlish to say that, like Etienne's daydreams, La Princesse Mandane does run on a bit. Edmond van Duren is dashingly handsome and conceited, Edmonde Guy makes the role of disdainful diva look easy, and there's a delightful visual playfulness in the film's artfully constructed shots. With the exception of one of her more avant garde features, La Coquille et le Clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman), Dulac's work is not on general DVD release, so film seasons such as this programme offered by the Fashion in Film Festival offer a rare opportunity to see another facet to this fascinating director's work – another reason for foreign film lovers to keep an eye on special programmes and festivals such as these.


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