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"The Monte Carlo Story" 1956 Video Movie Review - De Sica & Dietrich? Ok!

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This is a visually beautiful movie that shows life in Monte Carlo in the 50s. I enjoyed it for this reason and for the most part only this reason :3 It's a story of romance and gambling and also Marlene Dietrich's only Italian made film. 

 

What did you think of the romance between De Sica and Dietrich? Did it work for you? Remember to leave a comment and subscribe for more reviews!

 


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I first saw this on TCM and thought it was charming. From what you've said, it appears that the dubbing may have covered a lot of sins if De Sica really was so hung-over and underprepared (and probably sleep-deprived). It may have helped even out the problems in chemistry between the two leads, since a lot of emotion and nuance can be added by a good voice-over actor. It seems like a good thing that he didn't try to direct as well. I appreciated the passages from the biography relating to the making of the movie, but the "funny" stories spoke more to me of her frustration as a professional trying to do her best and hoping for the best in others. Her suggestions about his heavy makeup seem to have been ignored and even the director seemed powerless to help, though it appears he was sympathetic. Like a true professional, Marlene knew which battles to pick and which not to pursue.

 

Anyway, you basically let Marlene review the film after your introductory synopsis. What you didn't focus on or even mention, and I guess it's not really fair to expect a very young person to do so, was the late-in-life nature of their romance, something which was (and is) usually denied mature actors (and particularly actresses). In spite of the obstacles you highlighted, I think the story, though not an entirely original one, played out with a great deal of charm. Despite how world-weary both characters must have been at their respective stages of life, their delight in each other's company and their very real disappointment when they realized they couldn't "save" each other was really at the heart of this film. It's admittedly an odd kind of fairy tale, but the personal charm of both leads and the breathtaking "otherworldly" setting make it a success, in my opinion.

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I think the story, though not an entirely original one, played out with a great deal of charm. Despite how world-weary both characters must have been at their respective stages of life, their delight in each other's company and their very real disappointment when they realized they couldn't "save" each other was really at the heart of this film. It's admittedly an odd kind of fairy tale, but the personal charm of both leads and the breathtaking "otherworldly" setting make it a success, in my opinion.

I would agree. You have captured what makes this film stand out from others of its ilk. 

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