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Wicked Duchess

1942

Drama / Romance

6.5

Synopsis

The Duchess of Langeais, as beautiful as she is brilliant, is a woman who likes to seduce but who does not give in. Until the day when she falls in love with General de Montriveau, a cabal goes up against her.

Director

Jacques de Baroncelli

Cast

Edwige Feuillère
as Antoinette de Langeais
Pierre Richard-Willm
as Armand de Montriveau (as Pierre Richard Willm)
Aimé Clariond
as Ronquerolles (as Aimé Clariond sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Lise Delamare
as Madame de Serizy

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dbdumonteil N/A

Duchess story

What about Langeais?It's a small town in Touraine,with a beautiful bridge and a famous medieval castle ;Saché,Balzac's village, was not far from Langeais.

Still with me?all I wrote above has no connection with the film ,no connection at all."La Duchesse de Langeais" is a slow-moving movie,which may repel you in its first third.But it grows on you.Based on one of Balzac's short stories,it depicts a series of misunderstandings.

Montriveau falls in love with the Duchess of Langeais,a socialite lost in the whirl of pleasures of the Parisian aristocracy.Her husband -present only in one scene- does not love her anymore.But she wants her relationship with Montriveau to remain platonic .He cannot understand the lady is romantic ,she dreams of something pure .This is the first misunderstanding.

Ronquerolles,Montriveau's best friend thinks ,like many of their mutual friends ,that the drama is impending .He uses subterfuge to separate the duchess and her suitor;second misunderstanding.

After being humiliated near Neuilly ,where a prostitute is waiting for him instead of his love,Montriveau does not seem to care anymore.And now the duchess is desperately in love with him and it's her now who is longing for his love.When he understands ,it will be too late;third misunderstanding.

Then there's an extravagant epilogue in a convent where the two lovers meet again.Like her cousin before her,the duchess has taken refuge in a Spanish nunnery.In an ending which Douglas Sirk would not disown,the duchess dies as the monks are lighting a light to accompany her soul which flies away to Heaven.

That was Edwige Feuillere's Volte Face ,after the disastrous "Mam'zelle Bonaparte" by Maurice Tourneur the year before.Teaming up with Pierre Richard- Willm ,she finds here one of her best parts.As both were Max Ophuls ' actors,we have often the feeling we are watching a movie by the director of "Sans Lendemain' or " Le Roman de Werther" .Actually ,the director is De Baroncelli,whose specialty is melodrama ("Les Mysteres de Paris" ).In "La Duchesse de Langeais" ,considered his best work,he transcends the genre and reaches tragedy.The dialog is unusually poetic and flowery:the lines were written by Jean Giraudoux whose work helped the film rise above the (often high) level of the movies from the Occupation.

Just one word about the historical context :the film takes place during the Restoration, Louis XVIII appears in one scene,a character alludes to the death of Napoleon,and in a conversation ,the duchess' uncle mentions Lamartine -par excellence the romantic poet,but also an activist ,a politician fighting for the return of the Republic ,but this is passed over in silence - ,Delacroix (ditto for the painter:one of his pictures is "La Liberté Guidant le Peuple" = Freedom guiding the people)and Chopin.

This is essential viewing for anyone interested in the evolution of the French cinema.

Who needed a remake by Rivette? Who?

Reviewed by writers_reign 8 /10

My Last Duchess ...

... wasn't a patch on this one but neither was it the Browning version. Edwige Feuilliere in one of those fine French actresses difficult - at least in my case - to track down, though I did manage to acquire Le Ble en herbe, one of her finest accomplishments, and Mam'zelle Bonaparte - the one she made immediately before this - about which the less said the better. Here she is on top of her game as a romantic trapped in a boring marriage, longing for a soul-mate but not recognizing him when he turns up in fact if this were a farce the misunderstanding that pile up around her would be funny, as it is they are merely sad. Balzac wrote the original short story and Jean Giradoux adapted it for the screen thus ensuring that Feuilliere is given highly speakable dialogue. It all ends in tears, of course, but the journey itself is impressive.

Reviewed by brogmiller 8 /10

'Je serais heureuse, je n'aimerais jamais'.

Balzac's 'La Comedie Humaine' is a monumental, unrivalled chronicle of French society from the 1790's to the 1830's and contains over two thousand characters. In 1834 appeared 'La Duchesse de Langeais' which forms part of the trilogy 'Les Treize'. Allegedly based upon the Duchess of Castries with whom Balzac had a failed affair Antoinette de Langeais is one of his greatest creations and ranks alongside Sanseverina in 'The Charterhouse of Parma' by Stendahl and the Princess of Cleves by Comtesse de La Fayette. This particular adaptation is by playwright Jean Giradoux who has been pretty faithful to the original. The ending is changed however and the element of Freemasonry has gone. Director Baroncelli is very fortunate here to have the services of Edwige Feuiliere in the title role, an artiste of extraordinary depth, elegance and grace. Anyone who saw her on stage is indeed privileged. Playing Armand de Contriveau is Pierre Richard Willm. He convinces as a proud, arrogant blockhead who realises too late the treasure he has lost. Excellent support also from Aimee Clariond and Charles Granval. Such a pity that a proposed film with Greta Garbo as the Duchess to be directed by Max Ophuls never came to fruition. At least here we have Mlle Feuillere's magnificent performance immortalised on film for which we should be truly thankful. The Princess Beaumont-Chauvry here is Catherine Fontenay. Over fifty years on Edwige Feuilliere was to come full circle by playing this role in a television production.

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