La Vie Parisienne (1935)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Musical Romance, Operetta  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

La Vie Parisienne is based on the 1866 operetta by Jacques Offenbach, Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy. The story has been updated to 1936, with Brazilian aristocrat Ramiro (Max Dearly) bringing his granddaughter Helenita (Carmencita Montenegro) with him to wicked old Paris. Her subsequent romantic misadventures deftly blended with farce, a la Lubitsch. In later years, La Vie Parisienne would garner praise as the fastest-moving of Robert Siodmak's oft-ponderous European productions. Two versions were filmed, one French, one English; the latter version was ultimately issued in two additional versions, one of which supplied star Max Dearly with a dubbed voice.