Louise (1939 film)

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Directed by Abel Gance
Written by Gustave Charpentier
Roland Dorgelès
Abel Gance
Steve Passeur
Starring Grace Moore
Cinematography André Bac
Curt Courant
Distributed byIdeal Film (France)
Arthur Mayer & Joseph Burstyn (US)
Release date
  • 24 August 1939 (1939-08-24)
Running time
83 minutes

Louise is a 1939 French musical film directed by Abel Gance. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. [1]


Described as "wonderfully atmospheric", the film is based on the opera of the same name by Gustave Charpentier. Charpentier remained on the set throughout the filming and personally coached Grace Moore, who played the title role. Both Georges Thill, who played Julien and André Pernet who played Louise's father, were famous exponents of those roles on the opera stage and had recorded them in 1935. [2]


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  1. "Festival de Cannes: Louise". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  2. Potter, Tully (2003). Liner Notes: Louise. Naxos Records