Hey there! I was wondering if you have any additional information about that Anna la bonne film that you have submitted. I must admit that to see Harry Kümel's name attached to the film confuses me greatly. See, I also submitted a film called Anna la bonne to the database before noticing that you did before me. My Anna la bonne is directed by Claude Jutra, though. But it was made by Les Films du Carrosse in 1958, it starred Marianne Oswald and Dorian Leigh Parker and François Truffaut, Jean Cocteau, André Mrugalski and Annie Tresgot all participated in the making of the film... just like the one you submitted. Is that a mistake? Was is some kind of experiment; two directors, same cast and crew and subject? In any case the print I saw credited Jutra as director and the documentary "Claude Jutra, portrait sur film" incorporates an interview in which Jutra talks about his experience directing the film. I'm inclined to believe that Harry Kümel didn't direct this film despite what it says on IMDb and elsewhere, but I might be wrong.
I submitted the incorrect information and have been meaning to change it. The "Anna la bonne" I saw had Claude Jutra as its director, not Harry Kumel. The latter, as far as I know, had nothing to do with directing the film. I have also seen footage of Jutra discussing his travels to France (in pursuit of Jean Rouch) and how "Anna la bonne" came to fruition. Truffaut and Cocteau are discussed, but Jutra never mentions Kumel's name.
Do you happen to remember if you submitted the gorgeous still for Three Broadway Girls along with the film? I ask because Im curious where you got a still of such a great quality! All the copies of the film I have access to are quite bad.
I share your frustration. Three Broadway Girls is such a fun pre-code romp, and it deserves a first-rate release. I have a few different DVD copies of the film (Synergy, Mills Creek, etc.) and all prints are blotchy and of poor quality. Sadly, I have never seen a version mirroring the beautiful quality of the still I submitted.
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