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::1927 - Eine Dubarry von heute / A Modern Dubarry



Germany 1927
Fellner & Somlo für Ufa
black & white

Synopsis:
Just before launching the American phase of his career, filmmaker Alexander Korda directed his actress-wife Maria Corda in the German production A Modern DuBarry. Corda plays Toinette, a saucy, somewhat amoral scullery maid. Bouncing from bed to bed, Toinette becomes the mistress of Count Martel (Alfred Gerasch) and, ultimately, the King of Andalia (Jean Bradin). This final liaison very nearly topples the Andalian government, but Toinette manages to survive this ordeal with nary a hair out of place, though she does cry and cry a lot when things don't go her way. It was Modern DuBarry, completed in 1926, that landed Korda his Hollywood contract -- and the rest, as they say, is history.

Cast:
MARIA CORDA (Toinette, a modern Dubarry)
ALFRED ABEL (Sillon)
FRIEDRICH KAYSSLER (Cornelius Corbett)
JULIUS VON SZÖREGHY (General Padilla)
JEAN BRADIN (Sandro, King of Astorra)
HANS ALBERS (Darius Kerbelian)
ALFRED GERASCH (Count Rabbatz)
ALBERT PAULIG (Clairet)
HANS WASSMANN (Jules Paton, Theaterdirektor)
KARL PLATEN (Servant)
EUGEN BURG (Levasseur)
MARLENE DIETRICH (Cocotte)
HILDA RADNEY (Juliette Duflos)
JULIA SERDA (Tante Julie)
HEDWIG WANGEL (Rosalie)
LOTTE LORRING (Mannequin)
HIDIGEIGA (the Cat)

Crew:
ALEXANDER KORDA (Director)
ROBERT LIEBMANN, ALEXANDER KORDA, PAUL REBOUX (Screenplay)
FRITZ ARNO WAGNER (Camera)
OTTO FRIEDRICH WERNDORFF (Art Director)
based on a novel by LUDWIG (LAJOS) BIRO

Length:
3004m

Production:
April to August 1926, Ufa-Ateliers, Berlin-Tempelhof and Neubabelsberg
Outdoor Filming: Spain, French Riviera

Premiere:
24. Januar 1927, Ufa-Palast am Zoo, Berlin