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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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Benjamin Disraeli: [to the House of Commons] By all means support this policy; by all means rally round the Prime Minister; by all means follow cheerfully and unquestioningly his leadership. All of you... who are as anxious as he to see England reduced to the standing of a third-rate power!


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.


[His party appears to be losing the election]
Benjamin Disraeli: Yes, I'm afraid you're right. Apparently the present government have temporarily averted the danger of England taking over the leadership of the world, huh?


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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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