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Director Peter Glenville first adapted the 1894 French play, L’hôtel du libre échange, in 1956, with a stage version, titled Hotel Paradiso, which debuted in London, England, with Sir Alec Guinness and Irene Worth in starring roles. In 1957, Glenville directed another production of the play, starring Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury, at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York City. Nine years later, the 3 Jan 1965 NYT announced that Glenville would direct a film version for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM), to be adapted for the screen by Jean-Claude Carrière. Guinness was set to reprise the role of “Benedict Boniface,” opposite Gina Lollobrigida as “Marcelle Cot,” the 10 May 1965 NYT reported. Hotel Paradiso was said to be the first of a recently negotiated four-picture deal between Glenville and MGM.
       Principal photography began in Paris, France, on 26 Jul 1965. Location shooting took place at a privately owned villa in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, and interiors were filmed at Studios de Saint-Maurice in the Saint-Maurice commune. A 5 Oct 1965 LAT article noted that Studios de Saint-Maurice was the oldest film studio in Paris “and the only one equipped for back projection.” Production ended on 4 Nov 1965, as stated in the following day’s DV.
       Theatrical release took place on 14 Oct 1966 in New York City, and the week of 8 Dec 1966 in Los Angeles, CA. Glenville went on to direct one more film, The Comedians, which opened the following year (see entry). ...

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Director Peter Glenville first adapted the 1894 French play, L’hôtel du libre échange, in 1956, with a stage version, titled Hotel Paradiso, which debuted in London, England, with Sir Alec Guinness and Irene Worth in starring roles. In 1957, Glenville directed another production of the play, starring Bert Lahr and Angela Lansbury, at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York City. Nine years later, the 3 Jan 1965 NYT announced that Glenville would direct a film version for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM), to be adapted for the screen by Jean-Claude Carrière. Guinness was set to reprise the role of “Benedict Boniface,” opposite Gina Lollobrigida as “Marcelle Cot,” the 10 May 1965 NYT reported. Hotel Paradiso was said to be the first of a recently negotiated four-picture deal between Glenville and MGM.
       Principal photography began in Paris, France, on 26 Jul 1965. Location shooting took place at a privately owned villa in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, and interiors were filmed at Studios de Saint-Maurice in the Saint-Maurice commune. A 5 Oct 1965 LAT article noted that Studios de Saint-Maurice was the oldest film studio in Paris “and the only one equipped for back projection.” Production ended on 4 Nov 1965, as stated in the following day’s DV.
       Theatrical release took place on 14 Oct 1966 in New York City, and the week of 8 Dec 1966 in Los Angeles, CA. Glenville went on to direct one more film, The Comedians, which opened the following year (see entry).

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CREDIT
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 May 1965
p. 1, 15.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Aug 1965
p. 8.
Daily Variety
19 Aug 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 Nov 1965
p. 20.
Los Angeles Times
5 Oct 1965
Section D, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
8 Dec 1966
Section D, p. 28.
New York Times
3 Jan 1965.
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New York Times
10 May 1965.
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New York Times
14 Oct 1966.
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New York Times
15 Oct 1966.
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Variety
16 Jun 1965
p. 24.
Variety
8 Sep 1965
p. 67.
Variety
27 Oct 1965
p. 32.
Variety
10 Nov 1965
p. 74.
Variety
7 Sep 1966
p. 6.
Vogue
Dec 1966
p. 166.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Col cons
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus & mus dir
SOUND
Sd Rec
Dub mix
MAKEUP
Ch makeup artist
Ch makeup artist
Chief hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play L'hôtel du libre échange by Georges Feydeau, Maurice Desvallières (Paris, 5 Dec 1894
trans. by Peter Glenville as Hotel Paradiso (London, 1956).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 October 1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 Oct 1966; Los Angeles opening: week of 8 Dec 1966
Production Date:
26 Jul--4 Nov 1965
Copyright Info
Claimant
DATE
CopyrightNumber
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
25 July 1966
LP33303
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
100
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1910 Paris, France, Marcelle Cot becomes so annoyed with her neglectful husband Henri, a pompous architect, that she consents to a rendezvous with her timorous neighbor, Benedict Boniface, who has learned his domineering wife Angélique is spending the night with her ailing sister. After dining at a café, Marcelle and Benedict adjourn to the Hotel Paradiso, which is also being used as a place of assignation by Monsieur Cot's nephew, Maxime, and Benedict's flirtatious maid, Victoire. Panic sets in for Marcelle and Benedict when additional arrivals include a barrister friend of Benedict's and Monsieur Cot himself, who has come to inspect the plumbing. In a series of frantic attempts to conceal their identities, Marcelle and Benedict concoct elaborate stories, flee from bedrooms to bathrooms, hide in chimneys and don disguises. The mayhem subsides when the hotel premises are raided by the police. On the next day, however, the nearsighted police inspector is unable to identify anyone; and when Maxime and Victoire openly admit to their presence in the hotel, they are assumed to be the night's revelers and the affair is dropped. Peace is restored until both the Cot and Boniface households are invited to attend the opening of the new romantic play by Georges Feydeau, who also stayed at the hotel on the eventful night. Although the two principal stage characters are heavily made up and their acting larger than life, there is little doubt that they bear a remarkable resemblance to Marcelle and ...

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In 1910 Paris, France, Marcelle Cot becomes so annoyed with her neglectful husband Henri, a pompous architect, that she consents to a rendezvous with her timorous neighbor, Benedict Boniface, who has learned his domineering wife Angélique is spending the night with her ailing sister. After dining at a café, Marcelle and Benedict adjourn to the Hotel Paradiso, which is also being used as a place of assignation by Monsieur Cot's nephew, Maxime, and Benedict's flirtatious maid, Victoire. Panic sets in for Marcelle and Benedict when additional arrivals include a barrister friend of Benedict's and Monsieur Cot himself, who has come to inspect the plumbing. In a series of frantic attempts to conceal their identities, Marcelle and Benedict concoct elaborate stories, flee from bedrooms to bathrooms, hide in chimneys and don disguises. The mayhem subsides when the hotel premises are raided by the police. On the next day, however, the nearsighted police inspector is unable to identify anyone; and when Maxime and Victoire openly admit to their presence in the hotel, they are assumed to be the night's revelers and the affair is dropped. Peace is restored until both the Cot and Boniface households are invited to attend the opening of the new romantic play by Georges Feydeau, who also stayed at the hotel on the eventful night. Although the two principal stage characters are heavily made up and their acting larger than life, there is little doubt that they bear a remarkable resemblance to Marcelle and Benedict.

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