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Le bal (1931)

Two middle-class notions dealers live happily with their girl.But an inheritance turns these nice people into snob Nouveaux Riches;although the aristocracy invites them,the 'Tout-Paris ' laughs behind their back.

Director:

Wilhelm Thiele (as W. Thiele)

Writers:

Irène Némirovsky (novel) (as Irène Némirowsky), Ladislas Fodor (screenplay) (as S. Fodor) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Germaine Dermoz ... Madame Kampf
Danielle Darrieux ... Antoinette
André Lefaur André Lefaur ... Alfred Kampf
Pierre de Guingand ... Marcel de Brécourt
Marguerite Pierry Marguerite Pierry ... La tante Isabelle
Allan Durant Allan Durant
Vanda Gréville Vanda Gréville ... Miss Betty (as Wanda Greville)
Paulette Dubost ... Mademoiselle Yvette, La cliente
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Two middle-class notions dealers live happily with their girl.But an inheritance turns these nice people into snob Nouveaux Riches;although the aristocracy invites them,the 'Tout-Paris ' laughs behind their back;for the counts,dukes ,ambassadors and other VIP ,they are nothing but a laughing stock whereas they think they are part of the chic world. They invite their would be new friends for a ball (hence the title),in their desirable new mansion,but their daughter,sick and tired of being abandoned by her once loving parents,throws the invitations into the Seine. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 September 1931 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle porte del gran mondo See more »

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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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La Folie Des Grandeurs
27 November 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The first user wrote about the poster,so I'm going to write about the movie itself.

It's a small gem,based on a story by Irene Nemirovski,and it really deserves to be watched.

First of all ,it is Danielle Darrieux's debut :she was not yet 14 then!Little did one know she would enjoy such a brilliant career ,and to this day ,the longest ever in France :I saw her ,a few months ago,in "Pièce Montée" (2010!! 80 years after "Le Bal" ) in which she stole the show from her co-stars ! Darrieux is still a gamine,but she rises to the occasion .

This is a marvelous satire: two middle-class notions dealers live happily with their Darling girl;the depiction of this cozy life is exquisite:dad dipping his croissants in his coffee,the family having lunch in the restaurant on Sunday (chicken is the obligatory dish),the piano lesson with sour-tempered cousin ,an old maid.

But a inheritance turns these nice people into snob Nouveaux Riches;although the aristocracy invites them,the 'Tout-Paris ' laughs behind their back;for the counts,dukes,ministers ,ambassadors et al ,they are nothing but a laughing stock .

They do not realize it ,and they think they are part of the chic world: Madame wants to flirt again and although she tells her daughter she's too young to attend the society parties ,she 's actually afraid the handsome earl she gets a crush on might discover she has already a fourteen-year old daughter.Monsieur uses the subjunctive imperfect and wears a monocle.

They invite their would be new friends for a ball (hence the title),in their desirable new mansion ("it looks like a railway station" says the cousin),but their daughter,sick and tired of being forgotten by her once loving parents,throws the invitations into the Seine.

The last sequences climax the movie,as the two snobs are waiting for their 200 guests who never show up .All the servants and the musicians they hired to impress the high society ,all they try to do backfires on them and the husband winds up ,dancing with the old broke cousin ,to a popular tune.

In its form,this comedy can be considered a musical and Darrieux herself sings several old-fashioned but charming tunes such as " C'est Le Dimanche " ;a little Freudian ,she declares "I'd like to marry a man like you,dad".And she proves that "out of the mouths of babes and sucklings comes forth truth".

Very funny!


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