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Madame Du Barry

Madame Du Barry(1934)

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After the death of his mistress, Madame Pompadour, Louis XV of France has no plans to fall in love again. When the Duc de Richelieu introduces him to Madame Du Barry, however, he becomes madly infatuated with her. She orders him around, enraging the court with her extravagant demands. On one hot summer day, she requests a sleigh ride, and Louis' minions empty Paris of all its sugar in order to provide "snow" for her pleasure. Only the Duc d'Aiquillon has the courage to criticize these extravagances, telling Louis stories of the poverty and unrest in France. The Duc de Choiseul, the Prime Minister of France, tries to convince Louis to form an alliance with Spain against England. Interrupting Choiseul's speech, Du Barry demands to be presented at court. Choiseul's sister, the Duchess de Grammont, persuades the king's daughters to forbid any noblewoman to sponsor Du Barry at court. When Richelieu finds a drunken countess to act as her godmother, Choiseul has her wig and gown stolen. Not to be outdone, Du Barry appears in court in her nightgown. Louis is too stunned to act, but d'Aiquillon offers her his arm, winning an ally to his cause. To avenge herself, Du Barry invites Choiseul to her room, pretending when the king arrives, that he attacked her. Choiseul is disgraced and d'Aiquillon is named prime minister, thereby averting war with England. When Marie Antoinette arrives to marry the Dauphin, Louis asks Du Barry to talk to his son about sex. This leads to an argument between Du Barry and Marie, who demands that Du Barry be expelled from court. The trouble upsets Louis so much that he falls ill. Du Barry nurses him through his illness, but is imprisoned in an abbey when he dies and the Dauphin becomes king.