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Affair in Monte Carlo (1952)

24 timer af en kvindes liv (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 August 1953 (USA)
A writer tells a crowd in a café about a woman he knows, who once feel deeply in love with a desperate, compulsive gambler.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Stefan Zweig (novel), Warren Chetham Strode (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Merle Oberon ... Linda Venning
Richard Todd ... The Young Man
Leo Genn ... Robert Stirling
Stephen Murray ... Father Andre Benoit
Peter Reynolds ... Peter
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Mrs. Barry
June Clyde ... Mrs. Roche
Peter Illing ... M. Blanc
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Concierge, Pension Lisa (as Jacques Brunius)
Isabel Dean ... Miss Johnson
Peter Jones ... Bill
Yvonne Furneaux ... Henriette
Mara Lane ... Alice Brown
Robert Ayres ... Frank Brown
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Harry
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Writer Robert Sterling is visiting a café, when suddenly a scandal becomes known. To keep the others from overreacting, Sterling tells them about something similar that he saw happen years ago. He had been in Monte Carlo, and was playing host to a young widow whom he knew well. When he persuaded her to visit the casino one night, she became irresistibly attracted to a desperate young man who became suicidal after losing all his money at roulette. Sterling describes how they fell deeply in love, and how both of them then had to face difficult decisions about the future. Written by Snow Leopard

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She knew the kind of man he was... but this was Monte Carlo... his arms were paradise... and nothing mattered but the chance that she could hold him! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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The Young Man: You've been talking all night to a gambler and a thief. I put the word 'thief' second, notice? All my life I've been a gambler. No, don't go... listen to me. I think you should hear what sort of a mudpie you've dipped your ladylike fingers into. I was born in Ireland where my father owned a racing stable. At the age of 6 I was saving pennies to back horses for the local bookmaker. Then when I came to England and school, I stopped backing horses and taught the other kids how to play poker. I ...
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Connections

Remade as Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Prière
(uncredited)
published as "Hour of Meditation"
Music by Léon Boëllmann
Adapted by Philip Green
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Deep Focus For a Stefan Zweig Story
2 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Leo Genn and his friends are awaiting the arrival of his wife. While they hold her birthday dinner in absentia, Genn tells a story of a woman who ran away with a man she had just met. The narrator is a necessity for this story, because it's from a story by Stefan Zweig. With Zweig, you never know if you have a work of fiction, a work of keyhole literature, in which the events happened but the names have been changed, or the unvarnished, rueful truth.

Genn is a successful author, and he and some friends and unwanted leeches are vacationing in Monte Carlo. He takes Merle Oberon to the Casino, and leaves her to watch the roulette table. There she sees Richard Todd. He has just lost everything and is getting ready to kill himself. She manages to save him, and lends him money to pay back what he has stolen.... and then they fall in love. Or do they?

Last year's ROMA was a very interesting movie, but its constant use of deep focus disturbed me. In watching movies, the camera focuses on what you are supposed to look at.ROMA's deep focus never permitted you to focus on the story, because something else might grab your attention: a riot outside, or a marching band, or a giant statue of a crab. Might the story wander off to look at them? Yet with a story by Zweig, with its ironic twists and turns, its sardonic and self-slighting attitudes, such camerawork might work.

Maybe it did. the copy I looked at was a very soft print, and seems to have been cut by half an hour from its original 90-minute length. Nonetheless, Victor Saville's direction makes this the most successful adaptation of a Zweig story I have seen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

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Release Date:

14 August 1953 (USA) See more »

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