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Mademoiselle (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 August 1966 (USA)
In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Marguerite Duras, Jean Genet (story)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Mademoiselle
Ettore Manni ... Manou
Keith Skinner ... Bruno
Umberto Orsini ... Antonio
Georges Aubert Georges Aubert ... René
Jane Beretta Jane Beretta ... Annette (as Jane Berretta)
Paul Barge Paul Barge ... Young Policeman
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Marcel
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Boulet
Jean Gras Jean Gras ... Roger
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Police Sergeant
Rosine Luguet Rosine Luguet ... Lisa
Antoine Marin Antoine Marin ... Armand
Georges Douking ... The Priest
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Mayor
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Storyline

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He is innocent; the culprit is "Mademoiselle," town schoolmarm, a recent arrival admired by all, but sexually repressed and obsessed with Manou. She sets the first fire accidentally and throbs watching a shirtless Manou perform heroics. Subsequent catastrophes are no accident and express her mad passion for him. Also, after befriending Manou's son, she turns on the lad, making him miserable and raising his suspicions. Her designs, Manou's frank innocence, and the town's xenophobia mix explosively. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

French | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

1 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mademoiselle See more »

Filming Locations:

Peyrelevade, Corrèze, France

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tony Richardson originally wanted Marlon Brando for the male lead, but scheduling could not be arranged. See more »

Connections

Featured in From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) See more »

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The camera never moves
30 November 2009 | by arthaupt1See all my reviews

I learned about "Mademoiselle" from a "Salon" web interview with cinematographer John Bailey (see link below).

He pointed out a remarkable thing—that the film consists entirely of static wide-screen shots. No pans, no zooms, no dollying, just one immaculate, immobile shot after another. That's one reason the film, unpleasant as it may be, has a calm unsettling pace that's the opposite of today's frenetic films.

Bailey said: "...the fascinating thing about (Richardson's film) is there's not a single camera movement in the entire film...All the action happens within a static frame. This film is, like, two hours long, and it's absolutely riveting. It's so unlike anything that you would ever see now."

from Salon article www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/2003/07/03/cinematographers


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