Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ...
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Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way through life, and her fellow students at school begin to suspect her stories are just that - fabrications. After Louise begins to weave an actual meeting with a debonair playboy into a fantasy of club dates and romance, her co-student Nana discovers the lie when she too meets the playboy. Nana sets a trap for Louise, and the result is an end to one fantasy and the realization of another.Written by
This film was a failure at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $206,000 ($3.58M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »
No, my son... they'll be no Pasquel the XVI in our family.
Father, please. I'll learn. I'll improve.
No, my boy. You can't improve. It breaks my heart, but you've no talent, and you never will have. You're not to blame; I accuse myself. Your mother was a saint, but she was the daughter of a critic. You were doomed from your birth!
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Opening card: Behind the enchantment of the footlights there is the hard reality of the long climb to success. Mere talent is not enough -- there must be, in the heart of the young player, a burning love of the stage which would sacrifice all else.
This is the story of Louise Mauban-- a dramatic student -- and her love for the theatre. See more »
A gem for any closet sophisticate and old-school romantic. Miss. Rainer is MAGIC
(Sorry for any misspellings or grammar problems, I wrote this fast.)
I saw this film last night on Turner Classics. I was very touched by the film's romantic sensibility. Yes, the film has a B movie feel. Yes, the performances are typically surface in a 1930s outdated style. Yes, at times it was obvious this was not Paris but a studio sound stage. But I forgive all of those things because that's what one does in film and theater: suspend disbelief to experience the characters' journey.
Here, the characters are all drama students who are either utterly disenchanted (Paulette Goddard) or romantically idealistic (Luise Rainer). All of the characters share the dreams of stardom and I find that element a universal and timeless trait: To be a successful STAR.
I was captivated by Rainer. She's no different than how Marilyn Monroe (or any great artist) must have felt on her way up. Rainer is magical, almost like a silent screen star with her exagerated facial expressions. And also like Garbo with her dark, European voice. I think that Rainer is the film's heroine in the traditional sense of Heroism. She overcomes poverty, social criticism, and artistic limitations by just living through her own perspective and by her own rules. Also, she's a very young woman, a student. And young people do make mistakes like the ones she makes in the films. Yes, I felt she was a real character.
In all fairness, I am not used to the exagerated style of her acting. I much more related to the fast talking Lana Turner or Paulette Goddard. But that's because they are very American and so am I: I like fast-talking broads. However, Rainer's romantic quality is rooted in her unknowable otherworldliness and I love her for that. I was swept off my feet into her idealistic heart. She took me there. Exactly like how I felt when I watched Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. Pure fantasy, and I love this film because of that.
Not to sound elitist but a true gem for any closet sophisticate and old-school romantic.
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