Monday, June 30, 2008

Carola (1973)

Norman Lloyd directed this televised production of Jean Renoir's World War II-era play. Taking place backstage at a theatrical performance in Nazi-occupied France, Carola is a tale of passion and intrigue that involves a beautiful stage actress and her emotional and psychological struggles over a Nazi officer, whom she is entangled in an affair with, and a Resistance leader whom she is hiding. Featuring Leslie Caron as Carola, the play also stars Mel Ferrer, Albert Paulsen, Michael Sacks, Carmen Zapata, and Anthony Zerbe. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

Theatrical Feature Running Time: 120 mins
Carola (1973)
We can see Jean Renoir's handy work in this play. Quite similar to Rules of the Game and The Grand Illusion where class and rank is more important than nationality. As the Resistance Leader and the Nazi Officer than the Nazi Officer with his SS counter part.

Although quite "stage-like" it did hold my attention and was worth the time devoted to exploring more of Jean Renoir's Collection of works.

Ultimately, the solution for their dilemma is solved but not in the best of circumstances and the surviving parties go their separate ways.

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