Ruy Blas (1948)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, USA  |  
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Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Ruy Blas was adapted for the screen by no less than Jean Cocteau. The title character, played by Jean Marais, is a dashing nobleman-turned-bandit operating in 17th century Spain ("played" by France and Italy). Marais is also seen as a bookish student who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Ruy Blas. Top-billed as the Queen of Spain is Danielle Darrieux, making her film comeback after weathering accusations of collaboration during WW2. A long and frequently verbose film, Ruy Blas delivers the goods and more during the action highlights and love scenes.

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politics, employment, espionage, nobility, outlaw [Western], politician, power, queen [royalty], royalty, Spain, student