VILLON by Robert Gordon Anderson


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Not up to the promise held forth by some of the producers quoted. Facile, but unoriginal and undistinguished. A libretto for an operetta based on the last scapegrace deed of Villon's life, in so far as I know, fictional. On the verge of winning the beautiful and nobly-born Denise, he renounces all his evil ways -- and then gets involved in the looting of a church, and to save a prostitute who is implicated and threatened with horsewhipping, he takes the blame himself. Denise saves him, at price of her hand; and they are caught in their farewells, a duel is the result, and both men are slain. Unconvincing characterization -- fast paced action. The few poems included are rather badly translated.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1937
Publisher: Lippincott