Lydia

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This seductive Hollywood remake of Duvivier's earlier Carnet de Bal can't quite compete with the swoony romantic pessimism that engulfed the '30s French cinema, but as an ersatz exercise in old-school charm it has its moments. Oberon is at the centre of another episodic structure as a New England grande dame reflecting over the string of varied lovers life turned up for her.

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Julien Duvivier
Screenwriter: Ben Hecht, Samuel Hoffenstein
Cast: Merle Oberon
Edna May Oliver
Alan Marshal
Joseph Cotten
Hans Yaray
Sara Allgood

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3.8 / 5

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Juliene Duviviet again weaves a story of hazy memory and nostalgia in his English language/British produced remake of his original French language Un Carnet du Bal. The alternate English title, Illusions, zeroes in on the crux of what the moviegoer sees and hears. The early scence at the ball warns the viewer that one person's enthrallment is another's mundane experience. Well before J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and its problematic narrator's story and Kurasawa's Rashomon with wildly different stories trying to explain the truth, Carnet/Lydia entered the territory with a bittersweet look at love, remembrance and corruption caused by the passage of time.

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Juliene Duviviet again weaves a story of hazy memory and nostalgia in his English language/British produced remake of his original French language Un Carnet du Bal. The alternate English title, Illusions, zeroes in on the crux of what the moviegoer sees and hears. The early scence at the ball warns the viewer that one person's enthrallment is another's mundane experience. Well before J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and its problematic narrator's story and Kurasawa's Rashomon with wildly different stories trying to explain the truth, Carnet/Lydia entered the territory with a bittersweet look at love, remembrance and corruption caused by the passage of time.