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Volpone

  • Comedy
  • 1941
  • Maurice Tourneur
  • 98 mins
  • A

Summary

Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying, knowing that each will try to curry favor with him in order to be named his heir. He is inundated with valuable gifts, and soon finds himself entangled deeper and deeper in a web of lies.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Made before the outbreak of war, this handsome version of Ben Jonson's classic comedy was released during the occupation of France. It starred the great French actor Harry Baur in the title role, who had a Jewish wife and had played Jewish roles since the silent days. In 1943 after the film was shown, he was arrested, strenuously tortured by the Gestapo and died a few days later. Directed by Maurice Tourneur (father of Jacques), the film altered the central characterisation but otherwise acknowledged its origins with stylish visuals and memorable performances, now tinged with melancholy.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
VolponeHarry Baur
Mosca Louis Jouvet
Corvino Fernand Ledoux
CaninaMarion Dorian
VoltoreJean Temerson
LeoneAlexandre Rignault
CorbaccioCharles Dullin
ColombaJacqueline Delubac

Crew

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DirectorMaurice Tourneur

Details

Languages
French
Formats
Black and white
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