La Fille Elisa (1957)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Dany Carrel essays the title role in Elisa. Set in 19th-century Paris, the film details the friendship between likeable streetwalker Elisa and a blind street organist, played by Serge Reggiani. Things take a melodramatic turn early on when Elisa is arrested because of her mother's illegal abortion racket. Too "soiled" for any respectable lover, Elisa turns to Reggiani, who is unaware of her profession. Alas, when he learns the truth, his baser instincts overtake him, and tragedy results. Elisa was based on a novel by Edomond de Goncourt.