Milord L'Arsouille (1955)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Milord L'Arsouville is set in the watershed year of 1848. The title character, played by Jean-Claude Pascal, is a parasitical nobleman who slowly but surely develops a social consciousness. By the time of the European Revolution of '48, L'Arsouville is a tireless fighter on behalf of citizens' rights. Even so, our hero finds time to romance several fetching damsels, all attractively garbed in low-cut period gowns. Director Andre Haguet spends so much time on the personal details of his subject's life that he is never able to bring to the film the epic sweep and grandeur it deserves.