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LA PALOMA, 1974

"La Paloma shows beauty and horror and the aesthetic delight growing out of this unnatural mating. It is a masterpiece".
Le Monde

 
Production: Citel Films; Eric Franck, Artco Film
Director: Daniel Schmid
Screenplay: Daniel Schmid
Photography: Renato Berta
Sound: Luc Yersin
Music: Peer Raben, Gottfried Hünsberg
Editing: lla von Hasperg
Cast: Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern, Peter Chatel, Bulle Ogier, Jéròme-Olivier Nicolin, Béatrice Stoll, Manon, Barbet Schroeder
 
 
This heady exercise in excess mixes the operatic passion of La Traviata, stylish decadence of Stroheim and Sternberg, and the macabre glee of Grand Guignol. Ingrid Caven plays Dietrich-like chanteuse stricken with CamilIe-like wasting disease. The disease seems to be arrested when a plump, wealthy young man (Peter Kern) develops a grand passion for her, but mortality raises its grinning skull again when she falls helplessly in love with another man. Jay Cocks in "Time" wrote, "LA PALOMA is a wonderful mad shotgun wedding of high camp move mythology, bad taste, obsessive, romanticism, and impudent satire... Whatever it is, it certainly is some kind of fantastic movie."