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27 December 2005
With "David Golder" ,Duvivier the great director,the master of the
darker side of the human soul was born.It contained the seeds of all
that would be developed afterward.
Harry-Baur gives a powerful performance of a wealthy Jewish
businessman;he is so good that the actresses seem mediocre by
David Golder thinks that money can buy everything;he does not want to
help his associate who takes his own life ("I do not care"°;his wife
and his daughter live in luxury and would not imagine it any other
way:see the daughter stroke the banknotes which her dad won for her.She
displays no love,no tenderness,no human emotion at all.Later when she
comes back to her desperate father,she will have the same behavior.
And then David has a heart attack! The missus is not prepared to accept
poverty.While the man is lying on his bed she begins to tell him he may
die soon and she has not a Franc to her name.A masterful scene where
David grabs her by the throat and almost strangles her with her
valuable necklace:"What about that?" he thunders.There's a similar
scene in "Chair de Poule" (1963) when Catherine Rouvel tries to worm
information from a wounded bedridden Robert Hossein;and Golder's shrew
is not unlike Danielle Delorme's abominable mother in "Voici le temps
des assassins" (1956) Like many Duvivier heroes ,Golder ,although a
ruthless financier ,is still a human being.When he loses the power that
gives money ,he thinks that his daughter's love will make up for
it.Unfortunately there's no place for love in a world where
rapaciousness and greed run rampant.
Duvivier's blackness is absolute disembodied blackness.David will go to
his grave a broken man .on his death bed,his sufferings are so intense
we feel them within our body and our soul.
Some people think that there's anti-Semitism in the film .There isn't:
Harry Baur's wife was a Jew.
Based on Irene Nemirovsky's novel; a writer who sadly was to die in the
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