Figaro (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Figaro is an amalgam of Beaumarchais' comic trilogy The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Culprit Bride. Inasmuch as the film is silent, the strains of Mozart's and Rossini's operatic adaptations of the Beaumarchais originals remain unheard. Popular Parisian music hall comedian Van Duren stars as Figaro, the enterprising butler whose misadventures link the three plays together (at least thematically). After stage-managing the marriage between Rosine and Count Almaviva, Figaro himself enters into matrimony with Suzanne, Rosine's chambermaid. Later on, with Suzanne's assistance, Figaro saves Rosina and Almaviva's marriage from the machinations of page boy Cherubino (a less sympathetic character here than in the Beaumarchais trilogy).

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butler, chambermaid, damsel-in-distress, marriage, rescue