Just before setting up shop at Hollywood's Universal studios, German-born director Henry Koster helmed a lavish Austrian-Italian historical romance titled Das Tagebush Die Geleten. Two years after its original 1936 release, the film was distributed in the U.S. under the title The Affairs of Maupassant. Based on the diaries of Marie Bashkirtseff, the film stars Lila Darvas as Marie, an artist studying in Paris at the turn of the century. Marie's teacher Bassieux (Attila Hoerbiger) has been carrying on a lengthy feud with essayist-art critic Guy de Maupassant (Han Jaray), so naturally our heroine is not too politely inclined towards Bassieux' foe. Things change somewhat when Maupassant rescues Marie from a gang of street hooligans. A romance blossoms, but before it can reach the serious stage Marie suddenly and mysteriously disappears from Maupassant's life. A few days later, on her deathbed, she explains why. Affairs of Maupassant was filmed in three different versions: German, Italian and French. It was the German version that was fitted out with English subtitles for American consumption.
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