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Suez (1938) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Gene Markey and Ralph Dietrich.

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyPeverell MarleyNominated
Best Music - ScoringLouis SilversNominated
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Set Design - Suez ( 1938 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 2, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

My sister and I began watching Suez ( 1938 ) last week. For those not familiar with the movie it's a so-called "biopic" on the life of French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who dreamed of building a canal to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. We had never seen the film before, but once the cre... Read full article


Set Design - Suez ( 1938 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 2, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

My sister and I began watching Suez ( 1938 ) last week. For those not familiar with the movie it's a so-called "biopic" on the life of French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who dreamed of building a canal to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. We had never seen the film before, but once the cre... Read full article


Set Design - Suez ( 1938 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 2, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

My sister and I began watching Suez ( 1938 ) last week. For those not familiar with the movie it's a so-called "biopic" on the life of French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who dreamed of building a canal to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. We had never seen the film before, but once the cre... Read full article


Set Design - Suez ( 1938 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 2, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

My sister and I began watching Suez ( 1938 ) last week. For those not familiar with the movie it's a so-called "biopic" on the life of French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who dreamed of building a canal to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. We had never seen the film before, but once the cre... Read full article


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Toni Pellerin: Look! A rainbow! Oh, Grandfather says there's a pot of gold at the end.
Ferdinand de Lesseps: One end in the Mediterranean and the other in the Red Sea. What a pot of gold for the world if they could be joined: the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Look, Toni! That water in the old gulf. Just as it was centuries ago, when the Phoenicians sailed through. Can you imagine ships sailing right through here where we're standing?
Toni Pellerin: Ships?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Yes. Not ancient galleys but modern ships, steamers, sailing a short trade route to the East. It could be done: no elevations, no rock formations, just a simple sand... ditch. (Heh heh heh. And I was told I was going to dig ditches.) There's fate in this, Toni. Something sent me here to Egypt when I didn't want to come, kept me here when I wanted to leave. I thought it was a dead end, has been up to now. But I can make this -- I can make this spot that we're standing on the crossroads of the Earth. Why, think of it, Toni, a canal stretching through to the Mediterranean, open to the ships of all nations! It could be done, and I can do it. I was looking for a way to serve France, and I think... I think I've found a way to serve the world.


Ferdinand de Lesseps: Oh, Eugenie, darling, I'm leaving for Egypt in an hour and 45 minutes. Will you marry me?
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: What?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: I'm going there as secretary to the Consulate. Marry me, come with me. Rene's going for the license.
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: What license? What are you talking about?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: The marriage license! Quick, pack your things, we've just time to get to the church.
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: But I couldn't possibly do a thing like that, you know I couldn't...
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Don't you understand, I may be gone a year, five years... this may be our last chance!
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: Oh, Ferdinand, are you insane?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: No.
[pause]
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Yes.


[Toni's donkey has pulled her bathing machine away from the water]
Ferdinand de Lesseps: At your service, mademoiselle.
Toni Pellerin: Make him bring back my little house. My clothes are in it.
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Well, why don't you come out and get them yourself?
Toni Pellerin: Shame on you.
Ferdinand de Lesseps: My dear young lady, I don't mind seeing you in your bathing dress.
[pause]
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Ohhh! Tch, tch, tch, tch -- shame on YOU!


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In an interview in the late 1970s, director Allan Dwan talked of the censorship battle he had with the Hays Office over the wet-shirt scene, in which Annabella's erect nipples are on prominent display. "I wanted them to show," he said. His argument with the Hays Office was, "Have you ever seen a nude woman? Ever seen your wife nude? There was nothing there that wasn't positively true to life ... you knew she was going to be sexy ... that's why you picked her. The audience knows. This is my idea of giving it to them. All women are alike - they can go to the mirror and see that anytime." The matter was dropped as re-shooting the scene would have cost too much as the studio would have had to rebuild the entire set. Dwan said that his nemesis, studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck, was pleased with the picture.
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