(aka 'Carnival in Flanders ')

directed by Jacques Feyder
France 1935

  A sly comedy of the battle of the sexes set in a small Flemish town of the early 1600s as it faces the prospect of occupation by Spanish forces. The men are pompous and ineffectual, but the women are resourceful and practical, saving the town and rewarded with a night of pleasure with the handsome Spanish soldiers. Art direction by Lazare Meerson and photography by Harry Stradling combine to recreate the look and compositions of the great 17th century masters such as Vermeer and Hals. On its release the film proved controversial as some saw it as a discreet endorsement of collaboration with a national enemy.


Theatrical Release: December 3rd, 1935 - France

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:49:12
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.91 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Directors Biography

• Sleeve Notes by Philip Kemp

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2004

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Chapters: 14


This film is almost 70 years old and admittedly the print used was  very poor. It has moments of quite detailed sharpness, but overall it is somewhat hazy with excessive grain. A single layered DVD that I can only assume has not had excessive restoration done to the print. On the positive - the subtitles are clean and removable and again the BFI impresses me with their animated menus. I feel I need to be lenient due to the mitigating factors of the age of the film. We should be grateful that they brought it to a wide audience on DVD.     out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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