MademoiselleDirector: Tony Richardson
In 1951, French writer Jean Genet presented a screenplay called "Les Rêves Interdits/L'Autre Versant du Rêve" to actress Anouk Aimée as a wedding gift. He then proceeded to sell the rights three times without telling her. Eventually the script was reworked by Marguerite Duras and filmed by British director Tony Richardson as Mademoiselle, with Jeanne Moreau in the title role. In its final form, Mademoiselle tells the story of a repressed schoolteacher who visits a veritable plague of deliberate "accidents" on the people of her rural French village. She sets fires, poisons animals, and causes floods -- all in a fit of thwarted passion for an immigrant woodcutter. Though Marlon Brando was originally set to play the role of the Italian craftsman, the part went to Ettore Manni when the production schedule shifted. Umberto Orsini plays Antonio, the woodcutter's forlorn son, whom Mademoiselle maliciously humiliates out of perverse desire for his father. A notoriously difficult shoot, Mademoiselle was filmed consecutively with The Sailor From Gibraltar, another collaboration between Richardson, Moreau, and Duras. As for Genet, he despised the casting of Moreau; nevertheless, she would go on to star in Querelle, another adaptation of the author's work.
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Cast & Crew
|Paul Barge||Young Policeman|
|Georges Douking||The Priest|
|Gabriel Gobin||Police Sergeant|
|Charles Lavialle||Flood Farmer|
|Folco Jacques Monod||Mayor|
|Laure Paillette||Milk Woman|
|Charles Merangel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jocelyn Rickards||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jacques Saulnier||Production Designer|
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This film, based on a script by Jean Genet, features a great performance by Jeanne Moreau and the rest of the cast. It was unknown to me when I saw it and I was astonished at how good it was. People who liked Moreau in Jules and Jim will not be disappointed.
I was online one day looking up an old film, and this was one of the reccomends for similar titles, but before that, I had never heard of the film, and that is quite strange! I ordered it at the bookstore, I was so excited, it had Moreau, a brilliant french actress, and was directed by Tony Richardson, a highly acclaimed British director. I watched it, and after the film ended I was literally speechless, the film was amazing, it had excllent cinematography, flawless performances, and had a very original, intriguing plot. I cannot believe I have heard so little of this film in the past, it is in my opinion, a masterpiece. To this day, it's haunting images are still in my mind. I reccomend for fans of suspence, foreign, classic, or psycological drama, or fans of brilliant art house cinema. Do yourself a favor, and watch this forgotten masterpiece, it's absoloutely worth it!