Madame Du Barry (1934)

77 or 79 mins | Biography | 13 October 1934

Director:

William Dieterle

Writer:

Edward Chodorov

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The Albertina Rasch dancers were on loan from M-G-M. Although she had a major role in Warner Bros. earlier 1934 film, Wonder Bar , this was Del Rio's first starring role for the studio. According to DV , the film was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" list. Guards were posted on the set to watch over the collection of valuable antiques, silver, porcelain and objets d'art used on the set. Among the many films based on the life of Du Barry are: the 1915 George Kleine film, Du Barry , starring Mrs. Leslie Carter and directed by Edoardo Bencivenga; the 1917 Fox film, Du Barry , starring Theda Bara and directed by J. Gordon Edwards (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.1114 and F1.1115); the 1919 German production, Madame Du Barry (titled Passion in the United States), starring Pola Negri and Emil Jannings and directed by Ernst Lubitsch; the 1930 United Artists release, Du Barry, Woman of Passion , starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Sam Taylor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1464); and the 1954 French-Italian co-production, Madame Du Barry , starring Martine Carol and directed by ... More Less

The Albertina Rasch dancers were on loan from M-G-M. Although she had a major role in Warner Bros. earlier 1934 film, Wonder Bar , this was Del Rio's first starring role for the studio. According to DV , the film was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" list. Guards were posted on the set to watch over the collection of valuable antiques, silver, porcelain and objets d'art used on the set. Among the many films based on the life of Du Barry are: the 1915 George Kleine film, Du Barry , starring Mrs. Leslie Carter and directed by Edoardo Bencivenga; the 1917 Fox film, Du Barry , starring Theda Bara and directed by J. Gordon Edwards (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.1114 and F1.1115); the 1919 German production, Madame Du Barry (titled Passion in the United States), starring Pola Negri and Emil Jannings and directed by Ernst Lubitsch; the 1930 United Artists release, Du Barry, Woman of Passion , starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Sam Taylor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1464); and the 1954 French-Italian co-production, Madame Du Barry , starring Martine Carol and directed by Christian-Jacque. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Mar 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Mar 34
p. 12.
Daily Variety
27 Apr 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Aug 34
p. 7.
Daily Variety
7 Aug 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Aug 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 34
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 34
p. 2.
International Photographer
1 Jun 34
p. 21.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jun 34
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Aug 34
p. 35.
New York Times
25 Oct 34
p. 26.
Variety
30 Oct 34
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief grip
Props
Still photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 October 1934
Production Date:
23 March--27 April 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 October 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4997
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77 or 79
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
73
SYNOPSIS

After the death of his mistress, Madame Pompadour, Louis XV of France has no plans to fall in love again. When the Duc de Richelieu introduces him to Madame Du Barry, however, he becomes madly infatuated with her. She orders him around, enraging the court with her extravagant demands. On one hot summer day, she requests a sleigh ride, and Louis' minions empty Paris of all its sugar in order to provide "snow" for her pleasure. Only the Duc d'Aiquillon has the courage to criticize these extravagances, telling Louis stories of the poverty and unrest in France. The Duc de Choiseul, the Prime Minister of France, tries to convince Louis to form an alliance with Spain against England. Interrupting Choiseul's speech, Du Barry demands to be presented at court. Choiseul's sister, the Duchess de Grammont, persuades the king's daughters to forbid any noblewoman to sponsor Du Barry at court. When Richelieu finds a drunken countess to act as her godmother, Choiseul has her wig and gown stolen. Not to be outdone, Du Barry appears in court in her nightgown. Louis is too stunned to act, but d'Aiquillon offers her his arm, winning an ally to his cause. To avenge herself, Du Barry invites Choiseul to her room, pretending when the king arrives, that he attacked her. Choiseul is disgraced and d'Aiquillon is named prime minister, thereby averting war with England. When Marie Antoinette arrives to marry the Dauphin, Louis asks Du Barry to talk to his son about sex. This leads to an argument between Du Barry and Marie, who demands that Du Barry be expelled from ... +


After the death of his mistress, Madame Pompadour, Louis XV of France has no plans to fall in love again. When the Duc de Richelieu introduces him to Madame Du Barry, however, he becomes madly infatuated with her. She orders him around, enraging the court with her extravagant demands. On one hot summer day, she requests a sleigh ride, and Louis' minions empty Paris of all its sugar in order to provide "snow" for her pleasure. Only the Duc d'Aiquillon has the courage to criticize these extravagances, telling Louis stories of the poverty and unrest in France. The Duc de Choiseul, the Prime Minister of France, tries to convince Louis to form an alliance with Spain against England. Interrupting Choiseul's speech, Du Barry demands to be presented at court. Choiseul's sister, the Duchess de Grammont, persuades the king's daughters to forbid any noblewoman to sponsor Du Barry at court. When Richelieu finds a drunken countess to act as her godmother, Choiseul has her wig and gown stolen. Not to be outdone, Du Barry appears in court in her nightgown. Louis is too stunned to act, but d'Aiquillon offers her his arm, winning an ally to his cause. To avenge herself, Du Barry invites Choiseul to her room, pretending when the king arrives, that he attacked her. Choiseul is disgraced and d'Aiquillon is named prime minister, thereby averting war with England. When Marie Antoinette arrives to marry the Dauphin, Louis asks Du Barry to talk to his son about sex. This leads to an argument between Du Barry and Marie, who demands that Du Barry be expelled from court. The trouble upsets Louis so much that he falls ill. Du Barry nurses him through his illness, but is imprisoned in an abbey when he dies and the Dauphin becomes king. +

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