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Carnival in Flanders (1935)

Carnival in Flanders (1935)

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This film is set during the long-ago war between the Dutch and Spanish. A tiny village in Flanders is invaded by Spanish troops. The townsfolk have heard of Spanish cruelties in other towns, so the wife of the burgomaster tries to soften up the invaders with a lavish carnival.

Cast

Françoise Rosay
as Cornelia, the Burgomaster's Wife
Jean Murat
as Duke d'Olivares
André Alerme
as The Burgomaster
Lyne Clévers
as The Fishwife
Louis Jouvet
as The Priest
Lyne Clévers
as Fishwife
Maryse Wendling
as Baker's Wife
Ginette Gaubert
as Innkeeper's Wife
Marguerite Ducouret
as Brewer's Wife
Bernard Lancret
as Jan Brueghel
Alfred Adam
as Butcher
Pierre Labry
as Innkeeper
Arthur Devère
as Fishmonger
Alex D'Arcy
as Captain
Claude Sainval
as Second Spanish Lieutenant
Delphin
as Dwarf
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Critic Reviews for Carnival in Flanders

All Critics (4)

The mock-heroic bagatelle, a risqué undertaking at the time, still shines today with its shrewd commentary on human nature.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Carnival in Flanders

½

"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 Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

wonderful costume comedy

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

As the Spanish prepare to invade a 17th-century Flemish village, the townsmen comes up with a cowardly solution to avoid them... and the womenfolk take matters into their hands. This is marvelous social satire, belonging among the best of Renoir, Clair, Carne and Bunuel. A witty script, risque scenarios, charming performances and some fine cinematography. The mayor's vision of what will happen to their town is something to behold! I really enjoyed it, and hope to see more by Feyder. One thing, though... he does seem to be mocking the Dutch for their willingness to roll over for the Germans, I wonder if he'd be a little more reluctant to point fingers 10 years later.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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