Louise, the film
1939 film in black and white - 85 minutes
Presented by Benoît Duteurtre
Screenplay by Gustave Charpentier and Roland Dorgelès
Music by Gustave Charpentier
With Grace Moore, Georges Thill, André Pernet, Suzanne Desprès, Robert Le Vigan, Ginette Leclerc, Edmond Beauchamp, Jacqueline Gauthier, Pauline Carton, Roger Blin
In 1900 Gustave Charpentier caused a sensation at the Opéra Comique with the premiere of Louise. For the first time, the Paris working-class neighborhood of Montmartre, its pungent language, its woes and tragedies were shown beneath the gilding of the Salle Favart. From what he had designed as a “musical novel,” Abel Gance made a splendid epic in praise of the City of Light. A wonderful musical, cinematic and historical testimony.
Film duration: 1h40 with no interval