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Ruy Blas (1948)

Exiled from the court of Spain, Don Salluste, the chief of police, wants to take revenge on the Queen. One day he meets Ruy Blas, a young student who happens to be a lookalike of Don Cesar,... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre Billon

Writers:

Victor Hugo (play), Jean Cocteau (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Danielle Darrieux ... La reine d'Espagne Marie de Neubourg
Jean Marais ... Ruy Blas / Don César de Bazan
Marcel Herrand ... Le marquis Don Salluste de Bazan
Gabrielle Dorziat ... La duchesse d'Albuquerque
Alexandre Rignault ... Goulatromba
Giovanni Grasso Giovanni Grasso ... Don Gaspar Guritan
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Le marquis de Santa Cruz
Jone Salinas Jone Salinas ... Casilda, la servante (as Ione Salinas)
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Le duc d'Albe
Jacques Berlioz Jacques Berlioz ... Un ministre
Charles Lemontier Charles Lemontier ... Le comte de Camporeal
Pierre Magnier ... Le marquis de Priego
Armand Lurville Armand Lurville ... L'archevêque (as Lurville)
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Paul Muller
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Storyline

Exiled from the court of Spain, Don Salluste, the chief of police, wants to take revenge on the Queen. One day he meets Ruy Blas, a young student who happens to be a lookalike of Don Cesar, his nephew. Salluste disguises Ruy Blas and presents him as Don Cesar. It doesn't take long before Ruy Blas, intelligent, virtuous and generous as he is becomes popular and the Queen, who has fallen in love with him, appoints him Prime Minister. All seems for the best in the best of worlds but Salluste has not forgotten his revenge, far from that ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 February 1948 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruy Blas, der Geliebte der Königin See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian visa # 4629 delivered on 12-10-1948. See more »

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Cross between Prisoner of Zenda, D'Artagnan and Romeo and Juliet
6 January 2019 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

There are oddities about RUY BLAS. The strangest aspect of all is that the tale was written by one of France's greatest writers, Victor Hugo, but it is about the court of traditional foe Spain.

The equally odd love tale sees the Spanish queen (played by the beautiful Danielle Darrieux) fall in love with, and kiss, Jean Marais, a kind of D'Artagnan (minus the swashbuckling prowess), of modest background who rises through the ranks to court general secretary thanks to the queen's favor and at the expense of a lookalike duke. The latter goes to jail in the wake of machinations by some unsavoury characters in the Spanish court.

The story is somewhat reminiscent of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (US 1937), the ending recalls ROMEO AND JULIET, and there is something Errol Flynn/ SEA HAWK-like about Jean Marais' role as the jailed duke.

Although Pierre Billon is the film's official director, there is no doubt that Jean Cocteau (then Marais' lover) was highly influential, especially over the photography, which keeps highlighting Marais' physical beauty, to the very final shot, often in a manner reminiscent of LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE.

An interesting aside is that Marais, as court secretary, conveys his Spanish fervor by regretting the loss of Portugal and Brazil. Well, I beg to differ. Thank God for the existence of those two Portuguese-speaking countries. And it is also odd, if not downright curious that Hugo, as a French national, should wish that one of his country's main foes (Spain) should control territories that France, too, tried to conquer on various occasions.

Ultimately, this is a watchable flick, but of little historical import, and not much in terms of acting, direction or script.


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