Marguerite | Chicago Reader

Marguerite

The fine French drama Marguerite fictionalizes the life of American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, whose vocal performances of classical arias, beginning in private music clubs and culminating in a 1944 recital at Carnegie Hall, have earned her a large and respectful entry in the encyclopedia of bad. "She clucked and squawked, trumpeted and quavered," reports a 1957 story in Coronet magazine. "She couldn't carry a tune. Her sense of rhythm was uncertain. In the treacherous upper registers, her voice often vanished into thin air." Published accounts of Jenkins's life are relatively short, and all seem to be cut from the same cloth, which has helped turn her story into popular myth. Her dubious career has already inspired five plays, and later this spring Paramount Pictures will release Stephen Frears's Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep. In a world obsessed with amateur singing competitions that can end in triumph or humiliation, Jenkins is an artist whose time has come. Continue reading >>

Credits

Director:

  • Xavier Giannoli

Cast:

  • Catherine Frot
  • André Marcon
  • Michel Fau
  • Christa Theret
  • Denis Mpunga
  • Sylvain Dieuaide
  • Aubert Fenoy
  • Sophia Leboutte
  • Théo Cholbi

Producers:

  • Olivier Delbosc
  • Marc Missonnier
  • Christine De Jekel
  • Artemio Benki

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