Images of premiere production, from Le Gaulois, February 1894
Photographer: Napoleon Sarony Performer: Kathryn Kidder Production: Madame Sans Gene Provenance/Credit: Harvard Theater Collection, TCS 2, Box 313
Paramount, 1924. Directed by Léonce Perret.
Gloria Swanson, 1925
Swanson and Émile Drain (as Napoleon) in Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)
Belgian Poster 1961
Sophia Loren, 1961
Madame Sans-Gêne is a historical comedy-drama by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau, about the life of Cathérine Hübscher, an outspoken 18th-century laundress who became the Duchess of Danzig. It premiered at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, Paris, on 27 October 1893, starring Réjane in the title role. The play was revived many times in France and toured in the English provinces in 1897. It was also adapted as an opera, in 1915, and several times for film.
The Catalina Casino in Avalon Bay in California is designed by Sumner A. Spaulding and Walter Weber, in an Art-Deco, Mediterranean Revival style in the 1920’s. It isn’t an actual casino, there is no gambling going on in this high building, Inside the Catalina Casino you’ll find the Avalon theater which was built to serve as a movie theater (designed specifically for films with sound) a ballroom and promenade. The 20,000 square foot ballroom can accommodate 3,000 dancers. Today, it also serves as the island’s civil defense shelter, large enough to accommodate Catalina’s entire year-round population. Within its walls is stored enough food and water for all residents for two weeks.
A two million dollar Palace of Pleasure comprising a beautiful motion picture theatre on the main floor seating 2,500. Ballroom on second floor accommodating 2,000 couples. Dancing nightly with music
The Catalina Casino – Avalon Bay – 1929
Avalon Casino Mural Detail on Santa Catalina Island, John Gabriel Beckman.
The Catalina is considered to be a “folly“, In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use, but from the 19th to 20th centuries the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, sheltering or business use. Danke Schön Rex Dieter! (image credits: via cardcow / ronorpitelli /whitney)
Small world is a play by the Dutch theater group BvdS. We haven’t seen it yet but the stage and costume design, by Wikke van Houwelingen, looks very promising. Small World stage photo (courtesy of BvdS)
Portrait photo’s by Cornelie Tollens (courtesy of BvdS. via ssba-salon)