The Woman and the Puppet
La femme et le pantin, black and white French silent melodrama, 1929, dir: Jacques de Baroncelli, Language: French intertitles, Subtitles: Hungarian, 110’
Directed by Jacques de Baroncelli
Screenplay by Jacques de Baroncelli
Director of photography: Louis Chaix
Cast: Conchita Montenegro, Raymond Destac, Henri Lévêque
Production: Pathé, Société des Cinéromans
Don Mateo defends Conchita who is attacked on a train. The girl soon pays him a visit at his Seville palace and although the man has fallen for her, Conchita is just toying with him. Don Mateo gradually comes to the realization that his chosen one is a flamenco dancer in a cabaret and occasionally she performs in less than complete attire. Can love be so strong that the girl finally finds her way back to respectability? From a life as a Spanish dancer, Conchita Montenegro became an actress and she was just 17 when director Jacques de Baroncelli picked her to play in the film. Later on, Luis Buñuel also adapted the novel by Pierre Louÿs in his movie That Obscure Object of Desire.
Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé
Introduction: Pénélope Riboud-Seydoux, General Director, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé
The 4K restoration is based on the original negative with flash titles preserved by the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation in its collections. Work carried out in 2020 at the L'Image Retrouvée laboratory in Paris and Bologna. The restoration is true to the version presented at the Paramount movie theater in 1929, with a score composed by Edmond Lavagne, Georges van Parys and Philippe Parès. Orchestrated by Günter Buchwald, performed by the Octuor de France, recorded and mixed by Léon Rousseau (L. E. Diapason).