Nana (1955)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The most frequently filmed of Emile Zola's works, Nana was given a slick, polished cinemazation by French- filmmaker Christian-Jacque in 1955. Martine Carol is well (if predictably) cast in the title role, playing a poverty-stricken Parisian girl who rises to prominence as a high-priced whore. Nana is content to love 'em and leave 'em until she becomes the mistress of government-official Charles Boyer. Her genuine love for Boyer results in disgrace and disaster for them both. While less inhibited than the bowdlerized 1934 Sam Goldwyn production of Nana, this French/Italian co-production is rather far afield from the Zola original.

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high-society, Parisian, prostitute/prostitution, scandal