Marquise von Pompadour (1931)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Anny Ahlers stars as the notorious 18th-century courtesan Madame Pompadour, here "Germanized" as the Marquise von Pompadour. Once she's presented at the Court of Versailles, Pompadour twists French King Louis XV (Kurt Gerron) around her little finger, all the while setting fashion standards for the aristocracy. She compromises her status with the King when she falls in love with Gaston de Meville (Walter Jankuhn), the mischievous composer of anti-royalist poems. The typically Germanic emphasis on the corruption and debauchery of the French nobility tends to weigh down the sparkling musical score. Conversely, the stagey direction of Dr. Willi Wolf actually adds to the film's charm.