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La dame de pique (1937)

Russia, 1835. Lieutenant Hermann, a compulsive gambler, is fascinated by an infallible martingale held by Countess Tomski, nicknamed The Queen of Spades. The day Hermann wants to wring the ... See full summary »

Director:

Fyodor Otsep (as Fedor Ozep)

Writers:

Fyodor Otsep (screenplay) (as Fedor Ozep), Bernard Zimmer (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marguerite Moreno ... La comtesse Tomski (La Dame de Pique)
Pierre Blanchar ... Le lieutenant Hermann
André Luguet ... Le capitaine Iretski
Madeleine Ozeray ... Lisa
Abel Jacquin Abel Jacquin ... Le prince Tomski
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Le général
Raymone Raymone ... Glacha
Palau ... Le banquier Petrov (as Pierre Palau)
Roger Legris ... Ivan - l'ordonnance
Jean Didier Jean Didier ... Maroumoff
Nathalie Alexeeff Nathalie Alexeeff ... Une servante de la comtesse (as Nathalie Alexeeff-Darsène)
Madame Wormser Madame Wormser ... Une servante de la comtesse
Caroline Caroline ... Une servante de la comtesse
Pierre Finaly Pierre Finaly ... Le chef du relais
Sylvain Itkine Sylvain Itkine ... Le libraire
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Russia, 1835. Lieutenant Hermann, a compulsive gambler, is fascinated by an infallible martingale held by Countess Tomski, nicknamed The Queen of Spades. The day Hermann wants to wring the secret from her, the countess dies of fear. Following this tragic scene, Hermann sinks into dementia. Luckily, Lisa, his frail lover, brings him back to life and happiness. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 October 1944 (USA) See more »

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Pique Dame See more »

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Général Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fyodor Otsep, the director, had previously been the writer of the 1916 Russian silent version directed by Yakov Protazanov. See more »

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Version of Dama pikowa (1972) See more »

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I return to the Queen of Spades ...
27 December 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although marred by an unlikely happy end -probably imposed by the producers - and a weak leading actress (Madeleine Ozeray whose little girl's voice is a bit irritating) ,"La Dame De Pique" ,which got unanimous thumbs down from French critics -not even one star on the "Guide Des Films"- is a real tour de force of acting (Pierre Blanchar and Marguerite Moreno) and directing ( Fedor Ozep) It was a time when Russian stories were very popular in France.Most of these flicks ("Les Nuits Blanches de Saint Petersburg" ,Jean Dreville,"La Citadelle du Silence" Lherbier same year ")were failure when it came to render a Russian atmosphere.This is the reason why I do not go much for Renoir' s "Les Bas Fonds"(1936) either.

Fedor Ozep ,who was Russian ,had no problem with that.Pierre Blanchar ,who was blamed for overacting ,was the ideal actor though.Chenal's "Crime Et Chatiment" did belong to him.His eyes who "must be seeing things" (and they do in a way ) literally haunts the viewer.His face ,just before the mushy final which spoils this scene,makes me think of Anthony Perkins' in "Psycho".Few French actors could express madness as he did.

Marguerine Moreno is as always admirable;she's so convincing that even the detractors of the movie praise her performance.She portrays a woman of another age ,who knew Voltaire,Marie-Antoinette and the Count of Cagliostro who confided the secrets of the three cards to her.

Greatest moment: the funeral of the countess during which the chorus seems to sing "Trois Sept As " the three magic cards,then the careered out of control coach.

Remake by Leonard Keigel in 1961 starring Dita Parlo.


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