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Boule de Suif

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Boule de Suif
Movie Poster
Country SOV.jpg Soviet Union
Directed by Mikhail Romm
Release Date September 15, 1934
Language Silent
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mlle. Elizabeth Rousset (Boule-de-suif) Galina Sergeyeva
Prussian Officer Andrey Fayt
Louiseau Anatoliy Goryunov
Mme. Loiseau Faina Ranevskaya
Lamadon Pyotr Repnin
Mme Carre-Lamadon Tatyana Okunevskaya

Boule de Suif is a 1934 Soviet movie direct by Mikhail Romm based on the novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant. France in 1870, at the time of the Franco-Prussian War. A stagecoach is on its way from the war zone to unoccupied France. Among the guests is a prostitute named Elizabeth Rousset, who is always called "boule de suif", or "Butterball". The fellow passengers, among them nuns as well as aristocrats and representatives of the bourgeoisie, cut her and resent her with great reluctance. When the carriage is briefly stopped and inspected by a Prussian officer, the latter tries to persuade the whore to do a "hurried encounter". Since "boule de suif" is a home-loving patriot and the Prussian officer a hated "Boche" from enemy territory, Elizabeth refuses his request.

A French adaptation of this short story was released in 1945.

The following weapons were used in the film Boule de Suif:

Steyr Mannlicher M1888-90

French soldiers at the beginning can be seen with Austrian Mannlicher M1888-90 rifles. Unlike other Soviet movies from that time period, Gras Model 1874 are used standing in for Chassepot 1866 rifles.

Repetiergewehr M1888/90, System Mannlicher - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
A closer view of the striking magazine and straight bolt-handle are seen.
More French soldiers marching with Steyr Mannlichers.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ

A German soldier (Karl Gurnyak) (there was no unified German state then; so actually the character role should be titled "Prussian") is armed with an out-of-time Mauser 98AZ Carbine instead of a period-correct Dreyse Needle Gun.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm
A full view of the Karabiner carried by the soldier.
A closer view of the stacking hook and muzzle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

What appears to be a Gewehr 1898 is briefly seen at the end.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle has a full-length barrel, straight bolt-handle, and a Lange Visier rear sight.

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