The Golden Coach (1952)

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The Golden Coach is a 1952 film directed by Jean Renoir that tells the story of a commedia dell'arte troupe in 18th century Peru. The screenplay was written by Renoir, Jack Kirkland, Renzo Avanzo and Giulio Macchi and is based on the play Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Prosper Merimee. It stars Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro and Duncan Lamont.

The film was shot at Cinecitta in Rome, with cinematography by Claude Renoir and music by Antonio Vivaldi. A French-Italian co-production, it was filmed in English. A shoot in French was planned as well, but it had to be abandoned due to financial problems. Renoir let his assistant director Marc Maurette direct the dubbing in French, which was the first to premier. An Italian version has also been made. Renoir reputedly preferred the English version, regarded as the only original version, and it is the only one that has been restored in 2012. Francois Truffaut reportedly referred to The Golden Coach as "the noblest and most refined film ever made".