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Madame Sans-Gene (1923)




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Based on a 1907 play by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau, much ado was made of Madame Sans-Gêne when it was being filmed because it was a joint effort between the United States and France. The French government allowed the movie to be shot at various historical locations, including the Palace of Fontainebleau and the Palace of Compiegne. This historical comedy focuses on the title character (Gloria Swanson), a vivacious young washerwoman during the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. One of her clients happens to be a lieutenant by the name of Napoléon (Emile Drain). The lieutenant becomes emperor; meanwhile, the laundress becomes a duchess, and her coarse ways scandalize those around her. But she gets away with quite a lot -- after all, Napoléon still owes on his laundry bills! The release of Madame Sans-Gêne seemed to symbolize the glamour and spectacle of the '20s; while shooting the movie in France, Swanson had picked up a titled husband (the Marquis de la Falaise de la Coudraye), and the couple made a triumphant return to the States. At the time, she was making a thousand dollars a day -- an incredible amount for that era -- and not long afterwards she would turn down a contract for a million a year. Nevertheless, Madame Sans-Gêne is not one of her best vehicles. It was overlong, self-conscious about its historical significance, and the acting by the French players did not impress American critics. Like many epic costume movies, it most likely would have fallen flat without the drawing card of a superstar name. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Madeleine Guitty
as La Rousotte
Suzanne Bianchetti
as Empress Marie Louise
Renee Heribel
as Princess Eliza
Émile Drain
as Napoleon
Gloria Swanson
as Catherine Hubscher
Warwick Ward
as Neipperg
Arlette Marchal
as Queen of Naples
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Critic Reviews for Madame Sans-Gene

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Somehow the players are pleasant but rather flat.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Were it not Gloria Swanson appears In the title role Famous Players would have nothing to brag about as far as motion picture entertainment is concerned in this particular case. But Gloria is In the picture.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…
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Leonce Perret has evidently considered it sufficient if he clothed his actors in the costumes of 1811, and set them to walking about the actual scenes of history without seeing that they adopted the manners of the period.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Madame Sans-Gene has one virtue -- beauty; and even that proves a detriment.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

It did not require the discriminatory powers of a connoisseur to recognize, in those first few hundred feet of film, that Sans-Gene was to be a cinematographique extraordinaire.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Somehow the feeling is created that the picture lacks something -- call it animation -- call it drama.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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