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À Venise, une nuit (1937)

Mortal is ready to do anything to obtain a divorce from his wife Nadia. To compromise her, he needs to find her a lover. He thinks he has found the ideal candidate in the person of a manly ... See full summary »

Director:

Christian-Jaque

Writers:

Paul Nivoix (scenario and dialogue), Edmond Épardaud (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Albert Préjean ... Robert - un détective
Elvire Popesco ... Nadia Mortal
Marcel Mouloudji ... Le jeune Toto
Roger Karl ... Mortal - le mari de Nadia
Anthony Gildès Anthony Gildès ... Oms (as Gildès)
Régine Dancourt Régine Dancourt ... La maharanée
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Julie
Pauline Carton ... La concierge
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... L'huissier (as Bever)
Henri Crémieux ... Le témoin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Le portier
Amy Collin Amy Collin
Gaston Dupray Gaston Dupray ... Le maître d'hôtel
Paul Grail Paul Grail
Gustave Huberdeau Gustave Huberdeau
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Mortal is ready to do anything to obtain a divorce from his wife Nadia. To compromise her, he needs to find her a lover. He thinks he has found the ideal candidate in the person of a manly private detective by the name of Robert Arnaud. But the experience gets out of Mortal's control as, on the one hand, Robert and Nadia fall in love for good, and, on the other hand, Robert, assisted by resourceful young Toto, manages to expose Mortal as the jewel thief he is. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 April 1940 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Venezia una notte See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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From Venice ,with love.
16 January 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

A workaholic ,Christian -Jaque made 5 films in 1937 ,the best one in collaboration with Sacha Guitry ("Les Perles De La Couronne" )......

;....and this film ,which ,in spite of its title ,takes place in Venice only in the last twenty minutes . More than the desultory screenplay , it's the characters who are endearing: Jovial Albert Préjean is well cast as a devil-may-care broke playboy who has to seduce Monsieur Mortal 's wife and thus to allow him to get a divorce :he wants to marry an Américan woman who tells him in her first language and in broken French that in her country "we do not sleep ,we marry first"; the burdensome wife is played by exuberant Elvire Popesco who is such a bad driver that she almost runs over her future seducer and the willing witness at that! The playboy ,who wants to have fun with the husband's dough, takes a Gavroche of sorts with him,and the boy's dog,Miro.As Albert Préjean was primarily a singer,he and his protégé pull a little tune while he's driving to the Riviera .

This little boy is played by Marcel Mouloudji (billed as "Le Petit Mouloudji" ) a whizz kid who would become a talented actor when he grew up ; in 1938,he played a prominent part in Christian-Jaque's first major work "Les Disparus De Saint -Agil".

One thing may puzzle the viewer :we catch a glimpse of the place where the urchin lives : a seedy trailer on a wasteland where other people seem like outcasts on the edge of town; the sequence is brief, but it looks like an anomaly in what is finally a comedy ;it might display the director's humanism and a plea for a square deal for the underdogs (later ,in "D'Homme A Homme" and "Si Tous Les Gars Du Monde " this social concern would emerge again .)

There's also a jewels theft ,which shows the brat do his Holmes act ,but it seems that the director has forgotten this subplot when the novice sleuth succeeds ; and gondolas, a masked ball ,romantic bel canto are de rigueur in Venice.


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