A Dubarry from today

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Original title A Dubarry from today
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1927
Director Alexander Korda
script Robert Liebmann ,
Alexander Korda ,
Paul Reboux ,
Lajos Biró
production Hermann Fellner ,
Josef Somló
music Werner Richard Heymann
camera Fritz Arno Wagner

A Dubarry of Today is a German fiction film directed by Alexander Korda in 1927.


The pretty Toinette lives with her aunt Julie, who runs a hotel. One day Toinette is seduced by the hotel guest Darius Kerbellan and almost driven to suicide. However, the painter Sillon saves them. Sillon introduces Toinette to a Parisian fashion designer and she is given a job as a mannequin . In Paris she meets King Sandor of Astorra on the street, who immediately falls in love with her. Sandor has political problems in his home country Astorra. His state is almost bankrupt and insurgents around General Padilla are threatening his position of power. In Paris he seeks financial support from the wealthy Cornelius Corbett in order to prepare himself for the fight with Padilla.

When Cornelius Corbett meets the young couple, he too falls in love with Toinette. However, the girl does not want to know anything about him. Billionaire Corbett then makes Sandor an offer. He would bail him out financially, but Sandor would have to leave Toinette to him. Sandor refuses and travels back to his home town of Astorra with Toinette. Corbett then begins financing General Padilla's coup plans. Padilla's attempted coup succeeds. Sandor and Toinette go to jail. The throne is lost to Sandor. However, Corbett is plagued by a remorse and he enables the lovers to leave Astorra. A new life begins for Toinette and Sandor.


The shooting took place between April 1926 and August 1926 in Spain and on the French Riviera . The film premiered on January 24, 1927 in the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin .


Hans Wollenberg wrote on January 25, 1927 in the Lichtbild-Bühne : “The film as a whole is a very neat, thoroughly and cultivated work. An entertainment film, the line of which is determined by its noble style, its brilliant presentation and a strongly moving ending. With that the decisive point about Alexander Korda's direction has already been said. Without a pronounced or even strong originality in the management and design, he definitely hits a European, even international tone, is absolutely sure in taste and has an essential instinct for the decorative and visual. In the revolution scenes at the end he develops speed and strength. […] The film found the approving reception in the Ufapalast, which a work that is created with a lot of skill, taste, exquisite equipment and technical perfection deserves. "

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