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Maya (1949)

Based on a venerable Legend of the Sea, the story concerns a pliable prostitute named Bella who is all things to all men. No matter what sort of woman her client wants, she will become that woman, at least for the night.

Director:

Raymond Bernard

Writers:

Raymond Bernard (adaptation), Simon Gantillon (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ... Bella dite Maya
Marcel Dalio ... Le steward
Jean-Pierre Grenier Jean-Pierre Grenier ... Jean (as J.P. Grenier)
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Ernest
Georges Douking ... Un soutier (as Douking)
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Cachemire (as Inkijinoff)
Georges Vitray Georges Vitray ... Le commandant (as Georges Vitray de la Comédie Française)
Maurice Régamey Maurice Régamey ... Michel
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Le gros homme
Françoise Hornez Françoise Hornez ... Fifine
Fréhel ... Notre Mère (as Frehel)
Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud ... Albert
Jane Morlet Jane Morlet ... La vieille (as Morlet)
Marthe Sarbel Marthe Sarbel ... La logeuse
Xénia Monty Xénia Monty
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Based on a venerable Legend of the Sea, the story concerns a pliable prostitute named Bella who is all things to all men. No matter what sort of woman her client wants, she will become that woman, at least for the night.

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 December 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

So endete eine Dirne See more »

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Production Co:

Izarran See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa # 8552. See more »

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Illusion
4 April 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Maya" takes us back to the pre -1945 days:the far-east man who goes on repeating that all is illusion and other fortune- cookie philosophies is an equivalent of Carné's blind man epitomizing fate ;the scenes in the tortuous streets and even the ending-not to mention Frehel's presence as "Notre Mère "- strongly recall Duvivier's "Pépé Le Moko";the sailor who meets again a girl he used to know in another time comes from Feyder's "Le Grand Jeu".

Raymond Bernard made his best works in the thirties,but his forties efforts were not devoid of interest.Even "Maya",a movie the screenplay of which is a spate of clichés of the popular cinema,has its moments : -the depiction of the ship,with the men eager to get to the harbor and have fun with girls.

-the first appearance of Viviane Romance ,who looks like a fallen Madonna on the street of shame.

-the hooker,closing the doll box,before going to her daughter's funeral -the hookers,looking for a notice to put on their absent "colleague"'s room.

-the always reliable Marcel Dalio's killing Frenzy.

PS:watch out for Robert Hossein's short appearance,as a sailor on the street.


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