Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

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margueriteMarguerite(Home), a classy French film set in the 1920s about a rich woman who really wants to be an opera singer, even though she cannot sing. All is well while she entertains her friends at private concerts and raises money for charity, until a journalist and anarchist decide to expose her as a really bad singer.  Marguerite, it seems, goes along with their joke, whilst her husband escapes to be with his lover. Only the faithful butler, Madelbos, encourages Marguerite in her fantasy when it seems everyone else in Paris is laughing at her. Actor  Catherine Frot plays Marguerite as a humane character, making us feel sympathy for a woman deluded, not just about her own singing capability but also about  her relationship with her husband. The film scores on the grounds of the sumptuous clothes, fabulous scenes, particularly the one in a club in Paris, and…

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