SKU 1221

YVETTE (1938)

Käthe Dorsch, Ruth Hellberg and Albert Matterstock, Wolfgang Liebeneiner

Paris im Jahr 1883. Gräfin Oktavia Obardi gehört zur besseren Gesellschaft. Ihren Wohlstand hat sie käuflicher Liebe zu verdanken, den Titel selbst verliehen. Ihre Tochter Yvette lässt sie, um ihr einen besseren Lebenswandel zu erlauben, in einem Kloster erziehen. Als Yvette zurück zu ihrer Mutter kommt, verliebt sich der junge Ingenieur Jean Servigny in sie, jedoch hält er Yvette durch verschiedene Missverständnisse für eine ebensolche Dirne wie ihre Mutter. Tief gekränkt will Yvette sich das Leben nehmen.

Paris, 1883: The Countess Oktavia Obardi belongs to High Society. Her position is possible because of the love she has charged for from former clients. She sends her daughter Yvette to a cloister to be better educated. When Yvette returns to her mother, the young engineer Jean Servigny falls in love with her, but through a number of misunderstandings, thinks Yvette is as big a whore as her mother. Deeply wounded, Yvette wants to kill herself.


DVD-r is in German with no subtitles. Approx. 94 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!


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Yvette, 1/25/2014 9:43 AM
From: Guest
Ruth Hellberg gives a performance of compelling intensity in this version of the Maupassant novella. Although the film provides a different starting point for the story (Saval meeting the Marquise at an auction) and  makes Servigny the one who is being introduced rather than Saval, the film develops to become a reasonably faithful adaptation. Apart from Yvette, the three central characters of the Marquise (Käthe Dorsche), Saval (Johannes Rieman) and Servigny (Albert Matterstock) are all well cast and played, but it is Hellberg who shines with an appeal which is at once innocent and erotic. The film adds an amusing sequence in the convent, hinting at the repressed sexuaity of the heroine, and there are some excellent moments when the camera adopts Yvette's subjective view (blacking out as she covers her face, for instance) using techniques which are reminiscent of German Expressionism. For the performance of Ruth Hellberg alone, this entertaining film is worth a look.
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