Quesnel Film Club presents Marguerite

First in their winter season of films, Quesnel Film Club selects top-quality, international boutique movies

The movie portrays a Paris socialite who presents herself as a singer but is totally bereft of talent.

The movie portrays a Paris socialite who presents herself as a singer but is totally bereft of talent.

Quesnel Film Club

has announced its winter

lineup of movies at

the Carib Theatre beginning

with Marguerite,

Jan. 12, showtime

6:30 p.m.

Loosely inspired by

the true story of New

York socialite Florence

Foster Jenkins, Marguerite

transplants

the setting of the tale

to 1920s Paris, where a

wealthy grande dame

will not let anything

stand in her way of

pursuing her dreams

as an opera star.

Quesnel Film Club has

announced its winter

lineup of movies at

the Carib Theatre beginning

with Marguerite,

Baronne Dumont

(possibly a nod here to

the majestic Margaret

Dumont in the Marx

Bros films) may have

married her husband

Georges for his title

(and he for her money)

but she genuinely loves

him; and her horribly

misplaced musical

ambition is to make

him proud. He, however,

addresses her as

“vous” throughout the

story, and is having an

affair with a mutual

friend, using his temperamental

motor-car

“breakdowns” as excuses

to miss her singing

whenever possible.

Her musical social circle

are all too aware

that Marguerite lacks

any singing talent, but

her neighbours enjoy

her lavish hospitality;

avant-garde poets and

performance artists

hijack her bizarre renditions

for their own

ends; and others simply

haven’t the heart to

break hers by telling

her the truth, especially

as she’s helping raise

money for war orphans

(it’s 1920).

Marguerite’s butler

Madelbos is a keen

amateur photographer

who intends his shots

of her operatic costumed

poses to make

his name when eventually

she performs in

public and becomes famous

– for the wrong

reasons. He even uses

photos to blackmail

washed-up gay tenor

Pezzini to take the job

of Marguerite’s voice

coach, to the despair

of Georges who had

hoped Pezzini would

tell the truth.

Pezzini makes the

most of his enforced

role, bringing his retinue

to stay and putting

Marguerite through

a variety of bizarre

exercises. A benefit

concert of solo operatic

showpieces is arranged.

Just before it,

Marguerite discovers

Georges’ infidelity and

is devastated, though

dignified. Georges says

the affair is now over.

He resolves to attend

the concert, though

dreading the ridicule.

Marguerite begins; the

house freezes then collapses

into incredulous

laughter.

But for a few moments,

as Marguerite

sees Georges in the audience,

she sings true:

then collapses, coughing

blood.

A voice doctor pronounces

that her voice

just needs rest. But

Marguerite is losing

touch with reality as

her dreams of an international

singing career

become a reality to her.

The doctor records her

spoken “memoirs” of

concert engagements

on a phonograph.

Georges decides that

the doctor should record

Marguerite’s singing

to shake her out of

her delusions; but regrets

his decision and

dashes to the hospital.

He’s delayed by his car

– genuinely – breaking

down, and arrives just

in time to catch Marguerite’s

fatal collapse

as she finally hears the

truth. Madelbos captures

her last moment

of life, cradled at last

in Georges’ arms.

Tickets for Marguerite

are $9 (regular

admission) and

$7 (seniors). Everyone

welcome. For

more information on

Quesnel Film Club

call 250-747-7422 or

250-747-3979 or join

their Facebook page

Quesnel Film Club

or visit, www.quesnelfilmclub.

ca.