Carnival in Flanders 1935

Carnival in Flanders

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When citizens of a small Flemish town under the occupation of Spain discover that Spanish soldiers, led by a prominent duke (Jean Murat), will be staying overnight in their hamlet, panic ensues in anticipation of violence and cruel behavior. While the town mayor, Korbus de Witte (Alerme), opts to play dead to avoid a confrontation, his clever wife, Cornelia (Francoise Rosay), decides to distract their potentially problematic visitors with kindness and entertainment.

Cast & Crew

Francoise Rosay
Cornelia de Witte, Madame la Bourgmestre, Madame Burgomaster
Jean Murat
Le duc d'Olivarès, The Duke
André Alerme
Korbus de Witte, le bourgmestre, The Burgomaster
Delphin
Le Nain, The Dwarf

Critic Reviews for Carnival in Flanders

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Audience Reviews for Carnival in Flanders

  • Jun 14, 2016
    "Carnival in Flanders" is an overlooked French comedy that probably would seem quite dated today, if not for it being set in a past era (the 1600's) when a bit of mustiness feels appropriate. But, more importantly, the film's take on sexuality and gender politics is surprisingly ribald and contemporary. A small Belgian town expects a visitation from a potentially brutal Spanish troop, and the local male figureheads can't figure out anything to do but hide. The burgermeister even decides to fake his own death (with plenty of amusing consequences). Left to their own devices, the women hatch their own scheme, which amounts to disarming the invaders with food, flirtation and sex. It's a shock to see a 1930s movie depicting a woman hopping from room to room to seduce a parade of near-strangers, and the sly suggestion of a homosexual soldier who would rather do needlepoint is hilarious. There are even flashes of bare breasts. The rousing score and wonderful costumes are a bonus -- the only substantial flaw is that modern Hollywood protocol makes us anticipate the "bad guys" being made to look like grand fools. This satisfying humiliation never occurs. In fact, the twist is that the refined Spaniards turn out to be better men than the cowardly neighborhood boors. Still, "Flanders" is an accessible, delightful film that, along the way, manages to draw some obvious parallels with the growing threat of Nazism.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    wonderful costume comedy
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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