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La Kermesse Héroïque Details

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Released in France as La Kermesse Heroique, Carnival in Flanders is set during the long-ago war between the Dutch and Spanish. A tiny village in Flanders is invaded by Spanish troops. The townsfolk have heard of Spanish cruelties in other towns, and decide to deflect the vanquishers by playing dead. This isn't terribly effective (you have to take a breath once in a while), so the wife of the burgomaster tries to soften up the invaders with a lavish carnival. So successful is this venture that the Spaniards allow the village to escape being decimated, or even taxed. An award-winner many times over, Carnival in Flanders was banned in Germany; evidently, Goebbels caught on that director Jacques Feyder and scenarists Bernard Zimmer and Charles Spaak were drawing deliberate parallels between the Spanish and the then-burgeoning Nazis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Jacques Feyder Best Director 1936 Winner

Cast

Françoise Rosay
as Cornelia, the Burgomaster's Wife
Jean Murat
as Duke d'Olivares
Louis Jouvet
as The Priest
Micheline Cheirel
as Siska
Bernard Lancret
as Jan Brueghel
Alfred Adam
as The Butcher
Pierre Labry
as The Innkeeper
Alex D'Arcy
as The Captain
Claude Sainval
as 2nd Spanish Lieutenant

Crew

Jacques Feyder
Director
Jacques Feyder
Screenwriter
Bernard Zimmer
Screenwriter
Charles Spaak
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Alexandre Trauner
Art Director
Georges Wakhévitch
Art Director
Marcel Carné
Consultant/advisor
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