Two of the biggest stars of cinema in the world’s most glamorous setting
A dazzling romantic comedy, with the power to enchant and charm
Co-produced with Universal Studios, primarily shot in Monte Carlo in amazing Technicolor, and boasting a fantastic international cast, the film was purpose-made to take the audience on a delightfully elegant tour of the world’s most glamorous holiday location. The atmosphere is joyful, light-hearted and happily sentimental, even if there is no lack of sarcastic barbs and bitter endings. However, all in all, nothing to get overly worried about. Also because our two protagonists, in dazzling form, exude a charm that can sweep away any melancholy. As is well-known, Vittorio De Sica was a compulsive gambler, which gives particular depth to his character. Marlene Dietrich is ironic and divine, capable of killing you with a glance and an evening gown. Giuseppe Rotunno’s marvellous wide-format photography adds another layer of enchantment to the views of Monte Carlo.
Count Dino has squandered his fortune at the roulette tables of Monte Carlo, and now all he has to hope for is a fortuitous marriage. The perfect prey appears to be Marquise Maria, who passes herself off as being extremely wealthy. However, she too is flat broke and allows herself to be courted in the belief that the count can resolve her financial difficulties. Both are destined for great disappointment, however fresh hope appears on the horizon in the shape of a widowed American businessman and his daughter…