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02 October 2020

Cinema in Monaco (Part 1):

L’Amour et la Veine, The Story of a Cheat, Quadrille d’Amour, Unknown of Monte-Carlo

Monaco: Cinema in Monaco, 2 October 2020. Images from Office des Timbres.

In partnership with the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco, the Stamp Issuing Office is launching a new cinema series featuring the posters of films shot in Monaco.

1.90€ — L’Amour et la Veine

Technical Specifications:

Poster: Montero, Amichatis © All rights reserved
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

The stamp depicts the Spanish poster for the film L’Amour et la Veine, directed by Monty Banks in 1932. It is the French version of the British comedy Money for Nothing. A penniless gambler shares the same name as a billionaire, which brings him sudden luck: he finds love, wins 24 million, loses his love – or at least the one he thought he loved – but then finally finds his ideal girl and fortune.

2.00€ —The Story of a Cheat

Technical Specifications:

Poster: Munthe-Sandberg, Stig © All rights reserved
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

The Story of a Cheat is a film by Sacha Guitry, which was released in 1936 and was adapted from his novel Mémoires d’un tricheur (Memoirs of a Cheat). The stamp depicts the Swedish poster for the film. The story concerns a man who writes his memoirs: from a very young age, the circumstances of his life have constantly pushed him, almost despite himself, towards dishonesty. He recounts for us the phenomenal successes and various failures of a professional cheat.

2.32€ — Quadrille of Love

Technical Specifications:

Poster: © All rights reserved
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

This stamp depicts the Swedish poster for Richard Eichberg’s film Die Katz’im Sack, known as Quadrille d’amour (Quadrille of Love) in French, which was released in 1935. The film focuses on a young provincial girl from Hungary who transforms herself into a sparkling Parisian socialite out of love for a racing driver who, after spurning her, falls madly in love with her.

3.00€ — Unknown of Monte-Carlo

Technical Specifications:

Poster: © All rights reserved
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 31,77 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

The stamp depicts the full-length version of the poster for André Berthomieu’s 1939 film Unknown of Monte-Carlo, the French version of the Italian film La signora di Montecarlo by Mario Soldati, which tells the story of an adventurous woman weary of her role as bait for a swindler who cleans up playing poker against the gullible marks that she brings to him. She reconnects with a childhood friend who pulls her away from the clutches of her accomplice and the police.

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