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French director Claude Autant-Lara enjoyed his first popular success with this elegant 1941 costume drama about a young, impetuous socialite (Odette Joyeux) whose domineering mother decides to marry her off to a wealthy colonel. The movie prefigures Autant-Lara's masterpiece, Douce (1943), in its sumptuous visuals, sparkling repartee, and veiled social criticism; Jean Aurenche wrote the fluid, witty script, radically reworking a novel that he reportedly despised. The director made one more period drama during the Nazi occupation, Lettres d'amour, and all three pay memorable tribute to France's social and cultural resilience. In French with subtitles. 103 min.

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