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Pasha's Wives (1939)

L'esclave blanche (original title)
Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to ... See full summary »

Directors:

Marc Sorkin, Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Lilo Dammert (screenplay) (as Lily Damert), Léo Lania (screenplay) (as L. Lania) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Viviane Romance ... Mireille
John Lodge ... Vedad Bey
Marcel Dalio ... Le sultan Soliman
Sylvie ... Safète - la mère de Vedad
Mila Parély Mila Parély ... Tarkine (as Mila Parely)
Paulette Pax Paulette Pax ... L'amie de Safète
Marcel Lupovici Marcel Lupovici ... Mourad (as Lupovici)
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Maïr (as R. Blin)
Odile Pascal Odile Pascal ... Akilé, la soeur de Mourad
Joe Alex Joe Alex ... Ali (as Joë Alex)
Jacques Mattler Jacques Mattler ... Un conseiller (as J. Mattler)
Edmond Castel Edmond Castel ... (as M. Castel)
Louise Carletti ... Sheyla
Saturnin Fabre ... Djemal Pacha
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Pierre de Ramey
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Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to his native country. An unfortunate choice indeed as Turkey is not the way she pictured it. Tradition rules the Turkish society and Mireille just cannot be a free woman any longer. There, she is supposed to obey her husband and that is all there is to it. Or is it?... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 February 1939 (France) See more »

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Lucia Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mardi Gras
16 February 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

There is a warning before the cast and credits :the movie does not depict historic events in case the viewer should take it seriously!Although made by an unknown French director,it was supervised by Pabst ,and it should be considered a very entertaining film,devoid of any substance and which is sometimes unintentionally hilarious.

A Turkish politician comes back to his native land with his French wife,Mireille,who thinks she will live a life in a setting like something from the Arabian Nights.She was probably not very smart when she got married because Turkey was not exactly the place where a wife was "free" .Her mother-in-law ("your son has always talked about you,I'm so happy to meet you,I hope we'll be very good friends ,blah blah ") is true to herself that is to say to traditions : a woman must obey her husband ,the kid sister (fourteen years old) is going to marry the pasha who could be her great grand father ,and there's worse: the young husband is presented with a second wife and Mireille is not prepared to accept it! "Those European women!how hard it is to understand their attitude!" moan the Turks.

It looks like "never without my daughter" sometimes,but without a daughter.The cast are incredible: the husband is played by an American (John Lodge) and all the other roles are played by French actors :Sylvie as the matronly mom-in-law and Saturnin Fabre as the pasha with a harem of hundreds are worth the price of admission.Dalio (hardly recognizable)plays the part of a ridiculous sultan fond of pets ("it's a mongrel" says the French woman );the scene when he 's afraid of electricity and shoots out the lights is the "peak" ,so to speak.

Viviane Romance is Mireille,the "modern" French girl ,lost in a land where a woman is not allowed to be "modern".Hence the title which means "White Slave" .A very attractive woman,vamp style,she was lucky enough to be directed by Duvivier ("LA Belle Equipe " and "Panique" ,her best part)and Grémillon ("L'Etrange Monsieur Victor" ).


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