Julietta (1953)
A film directed by Marc Allégret

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Film Review

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One of Marc Allegrét's slickest and most inspired comedies is this hectic ménage à trois farce, a film which effectively combines the elements of social satire, rom-com and vaudeville into one heady gag-packed concoction. Those who believe that Jean Marais is suited only for straight dramatic roles will be in for a surprise when they watch this film. As the increasingly desperate lover who tries to keep his prudish fiancée away from another woman (a young slip of a thing that has somehow inveigled her way into his attic, presumably making him a kind of inverted Mr Rochester) Marais is hilarious, far funnier that he would be in the subsequent Fantômas films.

The eye-catching Dany Robin is given star billing alongside Marais, although it is the young Jeanne Moreau who makes the bigger impression, deftly snatching the rug from underneath Robin's feet at every opportunity. Early in her career, Moreau had yet to gravitate to the kind of roles that suited her persona and acting style (that would not come until she played Catherine in François Truffaut's Jules et Jim almost a decade later), but she is a delight in this film, perfectly suited to play the part of the fastidious snob Rosie. Assisted by Allegrét's light-as-gossamer directorial touch and a script that abounds in amusing comic situations, Moreau, Marais and Robin form an unbeatable combination, transforming what might have been a humdrum and rather silly comedy into an entertaining minor classic of French cinema.
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Whilst holidaying in Limoges, Madame Valender tries to marry her daughter Julietta to Hector d'Alpon, a wealthy prince, to make an impression on everyone...
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Film Credits

Directed by Marc Allégret
Starring: Jean Marais, Dany Robin, Jeanne Moreau, Nicole Berger, François Joux, Bernard Lancret, Denise Grey, Georges Chamarat, Georges Sauval
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