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Semi-Hispanic and semi-French, semi-writer and semi-composer,
half-virtuoso on the organ and half-clown, he was in life
that incredible dual character that later immortalized
in the image of Floridor-Celestin in Mademoiselle Nitouche.

Bernard Groon

The French composer Florimon Hervé entered the history of music as the founder of the French operetta, and Mademoiselle Nitouche became the most successful, famous and beloved. This operetta is a collection of funny absurdities. The author put into his work a leaven of “foolishness”, proudly trampling too sober, and therefore too boring, “common sense”. In 1845, Florimon Hervé won the competition for an organist’s place in the church of Saint-Estache (Paris). At the same time, he worked in a musical theater. The author actually portrayed a situation from his life in Mademoiselle Nitouche, and wrote the main character, Celestin.

The story of the young pupil of the monastery is rightfully considered one of the masterpieces of musical comedy. According to the author himself, Mademoiselle Nitouche became his most perfect work. The operetta Mademoiselle Nitouche is actually a very elegant, light musical comedy. Sparkling jokes, comic situations and, of course, amazing music. That is why Mademoiselle Nitouche is the best choice for those who like to laugh heartily and want to enjoy the action.

The plot of “Mademoiselle Nitouche”
The main character of the operetta, Denise de Flavigny, a modest pupil of a monastery boarding school, dreams of becoming an actress. By chance, she learns the secret of Celesten, the music teacher: a hypocrite and a bore in a monastery, outside it – he is a writer of funny operettas. In the evening, secretly from the boss of the guesthouse, Denise slips to the premiere of the operetta. The naughty actress Corina, starring operetta Celestina, suddenly refuses to go on stage. Instead, Denise brilliantly stands under the name Mademoiselle Nitus and conquers the public with her performance. Among other spectators in the hall there is a young lieutenant Fernand Champlatro … After a series of funny misunderstandings according to the laws of the operetta genre, it all ends in a happy ending.

According to Wikipedia, there are more than 10 attempts to film Mademoiselle Nitouche. We will talk about the three most famous, watch a video, and we can compare the versions of different directors.

Mademoiselle Nitouche, Yves Allegre (1954)
Florimon HerveIn 1954, the French film director Yves Allegre shot the film “Mam’zelle Nitouche” with Fernandel and Pierre Angeli in the lead roles. This picture has taken pride of place in the list of masterpieces of world cinema, and fully deserves it! Today, watching this film, you are transported to two epochs at once. The times of girls’, monastic schools, and the glorious 1950s, when the infinitely charming Fernandel was out of competition in French comedy. Only his “horse” smile could cause laughter.

The main female role – Mademoiselle Nitouche – was played by the young and charming Pierre Angeli! It’s hard not to fall in love with this actress: beautiful, smiling, perky, talented and incredibly pretty!

Gorgeous, charming musical French comedy. Who else, if not the French, would make a film based on the French operetta. Of course, the film has a lot of music (after all, it is an operetta), cheerful songs and dances, love twists and turns and subtle French humor. And in the film, Louis de Funes starred – young, not yet bald, so far only in the episode …

“Sky Swallows”, Leonid Kvinikhidze (1976)
Florimon HerveIn December 1976, the musical comedy Sky Swallows, directed by Leonid Kvinikhidze, was released. “Sky swallows” is the very familiar, kind operetta “Mademoiselle Nitouche”. The film turned out wonderful, not least thanks to the successful cast. The film starred Lyudmila Gurchenko, Andrey Mironov, Alexander Shirvindt and others. Each of them was a master of acting and was able to create a character full of details and character. Mironov with frank pleasure played the role of Floridor Celesten. The main role played by Denise 14-year-old Iya Ninidze. She was chosen as a director for her amazing resemblance to British actress Audrey Hepburn. The joint play of talented actors causes a feeling of delight. The film has a lot of brilliant, subtle humor, many jokes from the film, as they say, “went to the people.” The film was shot in “Swallow’s Nest”, the picturesque views of the sunny Crimea add a feeling of lightness and happiness.

Mademoiselle Nitouche, Nikolai Khrobko (1974)
Florimon HervéAnother video of the play “Mademoiselle Nitouche” directed by Nikolai Khrobko at the M.N. Ermolova Moscow Theater was shot in 1974. The main roles were played by T. Shumova and V. Vasiliev. This is a love story told with humor. A young pupil of the boarding house dreams of an actress career, and her parents are going to marry her to some military man. They didn’t ask the military man either, but he fell in love with a young actress who got on stage thanks to the modest composer Floridor, who wrote the operetta.

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