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L'hirondelle et la mésange (1920)

 |  Drama  |  12 March 1984 (France)
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Complete credited cast:
Maguy Deliac ...
Marthe - la jeune soeur de Griet qui aide sur la péniche
Michel - le nouveau pilote de la péniche
Louis Ravet ...
Pierre Van Groot - le patron batelier
Jane Maylianes ...
Griet Van Groot - la femme de Pierre qui le seconde avec Griet
Georges Denola ...
Le diamantaire


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12 March 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Andorinha e a Abelharda  »

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Once shown by The Cinema Club in Paris at a special showing at the Colisée in 1923. See more »


Referenced in L'Atalante (1934) See more »

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River of no return
16 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

On the canals in the north of France and in Belgium,Pierre has got two barges.He is helped by his wife Marthe and his sister-in-law,Griet.

Deemed "not commercial enough" ,"L'Hirondelle et la Mésange" was indefinitely shelved and never released .It was 1982 before Henri Colpi ("Une Aussi Longue Absence" ) edited the negatives ;they added music which is splendid :the accordion sometimes sounds like an organ.

It is sure easy to see the reason why the film was never theatrically released.It's almost a documentary,with a plot kept to the minimum.However,the pictures are splendid ,sometimes worthy of a Jacques Brel song (such as "le Plat Pays"),taking us to Belgian ancient magnificent towns..Entirely shot on location,it was a movie ahead of its time.

The plot is minimal,and the story line really happens only in the last third. Paul's desire is filmed in a disturbing way:it includes voyeurism,fetishism (the bandages),rape attempt.It's a far cry from a romantic love affair on the quiet waters of a canal.And ,it's the last straw (and probably one of the reasons the producers decided to leave it in the cans),the ending is thoroughly immoral!

Like this?Try this.....

"L'Atalante "aka "Le Chaland qui Passe" Jean Vigo 1933-34

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