THE GOLDEN COACH (Le Carrosse d'or) was co-written and directed by Jean Renoir in 1952.
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The setting is a Spanish town in Peru at the beginning of the 18th century. The Viceroy Ferdinand has just got in from Italy a golden coach which causes envy and malevolent comments among his court. The same day, a company of Italian actors arrives in town and gives a representation in the courtyard of the local inn. The representation is a success, especially for Camilla, in the role of Colombine. Ramon, a notorious bullfighter, falls in love with her at once. It should be specified here that Camilla has already a suitor in the person of Felipe, a Spanish gentleman she met on the boat which brought the company in South America.
The Viceroy, who noticed the popular success of the Italian actors, expresses the desire to see them playing in his palace. After the representation, Ferdinand invites Camilla and falls in love with the actress. On the following day, he sends a priceless jewel to her and Camilla is conquered at once. Then, Felipe leaves town and joins the ranks of the army in war against the local Indians. A few weeks later, Camilla has become the official mistress of the Viceroy but she's not specially appreciated by the court who doesn't accept the fact that a commoner has the favour of the Viceroy. When Ferdinand tells Camilla that he will give her the so envied golden coach, the court rises up against him and forces Ferdinand to forswear. Disappointed by the fearful behavior of the Viceroy, Camilla leaves the palace, resolved to take comfort in the arms of Ramon, the bullfighter.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler