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Viva Maria! (1965)

Just in case you can't catch the words above the roar of battle and laughter you can read 'em at the bottom of the screen.

Original Title : Viva María!
Director : Louis Malle
Writer : Louis Malle
Jean-Claude Carrière
Genre : Adventure
Comedy/Western
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Óscar Dancigers
Music : Georges Delerue
Photography : Henri Decaë
Distributor : United Artists
IMDB ID : 0059956
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Viva Maria! (1965) - Louis Malle
 

Starring

Brigitte Bardot Maria I
Jeanne Moreau Maria II
Paulette Dubost Mme Diogène
Claudio Brook The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma Rodríguez
Poldo Bendandi Werther
Gregor von Rezzori Diogène
Francisco Reiguera Father Superior
Jonathan Eden Juanito Diogène
Roberto Pedret Pablo
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' The Dictator of San Miguel (as José Ángel Espinoza
George Hamilton Flores
José Baviera Don Alvaro (uncredited
Ramón Bugarini (uncredited
José Luis Campa Scout soldier (uncredited
Roberto Campa Scout soldier (uncredited
José Esqueda Scout soldier (uncredited
Eduardo Murillo Scout soldier (uncredited
Carlos Riquelme Town Major (in railroad station
Luis Rizo Strongman (uncredited
Adriana Roel Janine (uncredited
Fernando Wagner Father of Maria I (uncredited
 

Plot

Somewhere in Middle America, 1907: Maria II, the daugther of an Irish terrorist, meets after the The former Irish terrorist Maria II joins the vaudeville act of the French singer Maria I in Central America in 1907. During their first performance on stage they invent - per chance- strip tease and come to local stardom. When they come across a local rebellion, Maria I falls in love with the leader Flores. When he is deadly wounded, she promises him to continue the revolution against millitary, capitalists and the church. Things start well, but suddenly the have problems with the church.
 

Comments

Viva Maria! (1965) ***, 11 February 2006 Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@onvol.net) from Naxxar, Malta This vastly enjoyable romp features Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau at their loveliest as two saloon entertainers who (inadvertently) not only find themselves in the middle of the Mexican Revolution, but also invent striptease in the process! VIVA MARIA! sees Louis Malle return to the "anything goes" territory of his earlier success, ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960), here he is aided immeasurably by an engaging cast (which also includes Luis Bunuel regular, Claudio Brook and an understandably daunted George Hamilton!) and an impeccable crew (co-screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, cinematographer Henri Decae, composer Georges Delerue, assistant directors Juan Bunuel and Volker Schlondorff)! While the film is uneven in spots, the last half hour is a succession of hilarious sight gags which border at times, perhaps unsurprisingly given its credentials, on the surreal and the anti-clerical.
 
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