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Le grand jeu (1934)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  1934 (Austria)
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Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell), and her whims of luxury life. Pierre has gone too far and put the family firm in... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Bell ...
Florence / Irma
Pierre Richard-Willm ...
Pierre Martel / Pierre Muller
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Clément
Georges Pitoëff ...
Nicolas Ivanoff (as Georges Pitoeff)
Camille Bert ...
Le colonel
André Dubosc ...
Bernard Martel
Pierre Larquey ...
Gustin
Lyne Clevers ...
La môme Dauville
Harry Nestor ...
Aziani (as Nestor Ariani)
Pierre de Guingand ...
Le capitaine
Henri Chomette
Louis Florencie ...
Fenoux (as Florencie)
Pierre Labry ...
Le cantinier
Claude Marcy ...
La voix d'Irma
Olga Velbria ...
Aïchouch
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Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell), and her whims of luxury life. Pierre has gone too far and put the family firm in jeopardy. They ask him to expatriate. To avoid scandal, Pierre joins the Foreign Legion. In Morocco, near the desert, Pierre goes with his comrades of the Legion to a bar-restaurant-brothel, owned by a shady character, Mr. Clement (Charles Vanel). Clement lives more or less with Ms.Blanche (Françoise Rosay) who is a fortune teller with cards, as a hobby. But Clement is also after his girls now and then. Pierre is still obsessed with Florence but he meets Irma (Marie Bell), one of Clement's girls, who is the double of Florence except for hair color. Irma has had an accident and has lost part of her memory at a certain point of her recent past, and Pierre slowly persuades himself she is Florence, but cannot remember it. Advised by Ms.Blanche, Irma finally accepts to act as if she was Florence because... Written by Pierre Gautard

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Foreign Legion classic
8 January 2004 | by (Oslo) – See all my reviews

This is a fine film from the golden age of french cinema, directed by the now nearly forgotten Feyder who was among other things the spiritual father of Marcel Carné (who contributed to several of his films). As usual, his wife Francoise Rosay has one of the leading roles. The somewhat melodramatic plot involves a yeuppie joining the foreign legion when he can no longer entertain the girl he loves. We get a femme fatale double as our hero meets a honky tonk temptress who reminds him of the girl he is trying to escape. The atmosphere is thick with sand, booze, sex, violence and Tarot cards. See this one if you have the chance, it is probably quite rare.


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