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A small Belgian town is occupied by a division of the Spanish army in the early 17th century, and the townsmen desert, leaving their wives to make peace with the enemy by celebrating the takeover with a carnival. Jacques Feyder's naive fable on the virtues of nonviolence failed to please either of the warring political factions at the time of its 1935 release—it was denounced by French patriots for its apparent approval of collaboration and banned by the Nazis, who saw themselves parodied in the Spanish soldiers. Feyder himself conceived the film as apolitical, a simple farce set in a Brueghelian fantasy world. In French with subtitles. 115 min.

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