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William A. Wellman
In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the coach over, social standings are leveled and integrity and spirit are put to the test.Written by
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Producer Val Lewton wanted to break out of "B" films and horror pictures and thus talked RKO into doing a period film based on two short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant - "Mademoiselle Fifi" (1882) and "Boule de Suif" (1880). However, this film became Lewton's biggest box office flop to date. See more »
There is a good film waiting to be made out of de Maupassant's story, but this isn't it. (Stagecoach isn't either). We can understand it isn't Lewton and Wise's fault, it's just that the censorship wouldn't allow it to be done properly then.
Thus, the central character gets turned into a laundress, and the climax comes when she... HAS DINNER with the sadistic Prussian officer!! (in the story, she was shunned by her fellow passengers for being a hooker, then she saves the day by going to bed with him)).
Modern directors like Agnieszka Holland or M.L. Bemberg could make a really great movie out of this, but 1940's America was just not the place.
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