The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953)




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Set in 18th-century South America, The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse D'Or) stars Anna Magnani as an earthy Commedia Del Arte performer. Magnani is lusted after by diplomat Duncan Lamont, who leaves both his job and his mistress to pursue the sexy actress. Also vying for Magnani's favors are a bullfighter and a nobleman. Magnani tries to avert bloodshed by giving away the Golden Coach that had been bestowed upon her by the expansive Lamont. When director Jean Renoir was asked if he intended The Golden Coach to be Pirandellian, what with its linking of reality and theatricality, Renoir responded that his intention was to establish that "life is life and the stage is the stage." Maybe so, but the film's brilliant Technicolor and superb performances easily transcend that mundane entity known as Real Life.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Anna Magnani
as Camilla
Duncan Lamont
as Viceroy
Odoardo Spadaro
as Don Antonio
Nada Fiorelli
as Isabella
as Harlequin
George Higgins
as Martinez
Joe Dante
as Hariequin
Gisella Mathews
as Marquise
Raf De La Torre
as Chief Justice
Elena Altieri
as Duchess
Riccardo Rioli
as Bullfighter
William Tubbs
as Innkeeper
Gisella Matthews
as Marquise Irene Altamirano
Lina Marengo
as Old Actress
Renato Chiantoni
as Capt. Fracasse
Giulio Tedeschi
as Baldassare
Alfredo Kolner
as Florindo
Alfredo Medini
as Polichinelle
John Pasetti
as Captain of the Guards
Cecil Mathews
as The Baron
Fedo Keeling
as The Viscount
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

As with all of Renoir`s films, it is impossible to define the tone of The Golden Coach, so smoothly does comedy shade into drama, joy into despair, warm optimism into cool cynicism and vice versa.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

What the whole thing comes down to is a stunningly colorful show, in the middle of which looms Miss Magnani.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Exquisitely shot by Claude Renoir, this is one of the great colour films.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Essential viewing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's an escapist theatrical comedy.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This superbly crafted masterpiece about life and art, with a charismatic performance from the great Anna Magnani as a temperamental actress, was made by Jean Renoir after returning to France from a decade in the U.S. and filming The River in India.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or)

A trio of men are inexplicably drawn to actress Camilla. They woo. They court. There are moments of screwball comedy shenanigans. There is a message about social status and power tied up with the fate of a schmancy coach. (The opening and closing seem to be old school red/blue 3D. I don't think the theater where I saw the movie was aware of this so no glasses were offered and the projectionist kept trying to focus the film.)

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

one of renoir's masterpieces. magnani is the perfect center for the many layered stories here. exceedingly clever set designs. a delight

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Jean Renoir's foray into English is not terrible to behold but it barely captures interest. Feels dated and silly at times. A good performance by Anna Magnani however.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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