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1925 (Germany) See more »
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A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A unique and lovely film See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jean Forest ... Jean Amsler, der Sohn
Victor Vina ... Pierre Amsler, der Vater
Pierrette Houyez ... Pierrette Amsler, die Tochter
Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... La domestique
Rachel Devirys ... Jeanne Dutois, zweite Frau Amslers
Henri Duval ... Le Canonier
Arlette Peyran ... Arlette Dutois, die Stieftochter

Suzy Vernon ... La mère de Jean
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Barrois
F. Greffin
P. Lecoq
Arturo Porchet ... Le prêtre (as Arthur Porchet)

Directed by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dimitri De Zoubaloff  uncredited
Jacques Feyder  scenario
Françoise Rosay 

Produced by
Aloys de Christen .... producer
Dimitri De Zoubaloff .... producer
Arturo Porchet .... producer (as Arthur Adrien Porchet)
 
Original Music by
Antonio Coppola (2003 alternate version)
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel 
Paul Parguel 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Art Direction by
Jacques Feyder 
 
Production Management
Charles Schuepbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barrois .... assistant director
Arturo Porchet .... assistant director (as Arthur Porchet)
Françoise Rosay .... assistant director
 
Other crew
Edouard Lepage .... studio manager
Ernette Tamm .... script supervisor (as E. Tammy)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Visages d'enfants" - France (original title)
"Children's Faces" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
UK:114 min | 111 min (18 fps) (Nederlands Filmmuseum) | France:117 min (2004 restored version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Film in seven acts.See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A unique and lovely film, 21 February 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a unique silent film--partly because of its location and partly because of the story. While "The Faces of Children" was a French-made film, the movie was shot in the French-speaking portion of Switzerland. This provided a wonderful backdrop for the story--with lovely mountains and rustic scenery. As for the story, it was much more personal and sweet than you'd typically see and was very compelling.

The film begins with a funeral. The Mayor's wife has just died--leaving him and his two children behind. After trying to make a go of it, the man realizes he needs a mother for his children and proposes to a local widow--who herself has a young daughter. But, unlike the Brady Bunch, this new blended family did not magically work out--as the parents, in hindsight, did a pretty lousy job of breaking this to the kids--in particular, the 12 year-old boy. It actually came to him as a bit of s surprise--and to make matters worse, they gave his old bedroom to his new step-sister and sister. You could understand how the kid could feel alienated. Over the next few months, the boy (Jean) had a hard time adjusting. Much of his anger was displaced on his step-sister. Ultimately, this resulted in two near-tragedies.

Overall, a very good story that doesn't get too schmaltzy and has a lot of nice action. Well-paced, nice cinematography and very good acting by the children--this one is well worth seeing.

By the way, while it doesn't significantly harm the picture, like many of the silents, a small portion of the film has severely degraded. This is very normal and the damage is minimal but pretty obvious when it occurs. The old nitrate film stock was very unstable and tended to turn to powder, liquefy or even explode!

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