Louise (1939 film)

Last updated

Louise dvd cover.jpg
DVD cover
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] The orchestra was directed by Louis Beydts [3] .


Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Grace Moore</span> American operatic soprano and actress (1898–1947)

Mary Willie Grace Moore was an American operatic lyric soprano and actress in musical theatre and film. She was nicknamed the "Tennessee Nightingale." Her films helped to popularize opera by bringing it to a larger audience. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in One Night of Love.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gustave Charpentier</span> French composer (1860–1956)

Gustave Charpentier was a French composer, best known for his opera Louise.

<i>Louise</i> (opera)

Louise is a “musical novel,” or “roman musical,” in four acts and five scenes by Gustave Charpentier. It can be considered an opera. The composer himself penned the French libretto with contributions from Saint-Pol-Roux, a symbolist poet and the inspiration of the surrealists. It is an atmospheric story of working-class life in Paris, with the city itself invoked along the way: young Louise, a seamstress living with her parents, loves Julien, an artist; she desires freedom, associated in her mind with him and the city. Musically the work is considered an example of verismo, and marks the beginning of naturalism in French opera.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marie-José Nat</span> French actress (1940–2019)

Marie-José Benhalassa, known professionally as Marie-José Nat, was a French actress. Among her notable works in cinema were the sequel films Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Jean-Marc and Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Françoise (1963), directed by André Cayatte. In 1974, she received a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Violins at the Ball.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ninon Vallin</span> French soprano

Eugénie "Ninon" Vallin was a French lyric soprano who achieved considerable popularity in opera, operetta and classical song recitals during an international career that lasted for more than four decades.

Georges Thill was a French opera singer, often considered to be his country's greatest lyric-dramatic tenor. Born in Paris, his career lasted from 1924 to 1953, peaking during the 1930s.

<i>Aria</i> (1987 film) 1987 film

Aria is a 1987 British anthology film produced by Don Boyd that consists of ten short films by ten different directors, each showing the director's choice of visual accompaniment to one or more operatic arias. There is little or no dialogue from the actors, with most words coming from the libretto of the operas in Italian, French, or German.

André Pernet was a French bass-baritone opera performer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charles Dalmorès</span> French opera singer (1871–1939)

Charles Dalmorès was a French dramatic tenor. He enjoyed an international operatic career, singing to public and critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic during the first two decades of the 20th century.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charles Vanel</span> French actor and director

Charles-Marie Vanel was a French actor and director. During his 65-year film career, which began in 1923, he appeared in more than 200 films and worked with many prominent directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Feyder, and Henri-Georges Clouzot. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as a desperate truck driver in Clouzot's The Wages of Fear for which he received a Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953.

<i>Hearth Fires</i> 1972 film

Hearth Fires is a 1972 French film directed by Serge Korber. The film is also known as La Divorziata (Italy).

<i>Edward and Caroline</i> 1951 film

Edward and Caroline is a 1951 French comedy drama film directed by Jacques Becker and starring Daniel Gélin, Anne Vernon and Elina Labourdette. It was entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. It was shot at the Billancourt Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.

Little Lili is a 2003 French drama film by French director Claude Miller. The film stars Ludivine Sagnier, Bernard Giraudeau, Nicole Garcia, Julie Depardieu and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

<i>Marie Antoinette Queen of France</i> 1956 film

Marie Antoinette Queen of France is a 1956 French-Italian historical drama film directed by Jean Delannoy who co-wrote the screenplay with Pierre Erlanger and Bernard Zimmer. The film stars Michèle Morgan and Richard Todd. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

<i>Keep an Eye on Amelia</i> 1949 film

Keep an Eye on Amelia is a 1949 French-Italian comedy film directed by Claude Autant-Lara and starring Danielle Darrieux and Jean Desailly and Grégoire Aslan. It is based on the 1908 play of the same name by Georges Feydeau, set in Belle Époque Paris. It is one of several of film adaptations to be made of the story.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1991 Cannes Film Festival</span>

The 44th Cannes Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 May 1991. The Palme d'Or went to Barton Fink by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

<i>Julien</i> (opera)

Julien, ou La vie du poète is a poème lyrique, or opera, by composer Gustave Charpentier. The work is devised in a prologue and four acts and uses a French libretto by the composer. Julien is a sequel to Charpentier's Louise (1900) and describes the artistic aspirations of Louise's suitor Julien. The opera premiered in Paris at the Salle Favart on 4 June 1913.

Claude Nollier, French actress, was born on 12 December 1919 in Paris, and died 12 February 2009 in Boulogne-Billancourt.

André Theophile Joseph Dran was a French tenor, whose career was mainly restricted to France and who left several complete opera recordings.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Julien Landais</span> French filmmaker, actor, and model (born 1981)

Pierre-Alexandre Thomas Julien Landais is a French film director, actor, producer and model, best known for The Aspern Papers, his feature film adaptation of Henry James' novel starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Louise". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  2. Potter, Tully (2003). Liner Notes: Louise. Naxos Records
  3. https://archive.org/stream/lacinmatographie1035pari/lacinmatographie1035pari_djvu.txt