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La fin du jour (1939)

 |  Drama  |  11 September 1939 (USA)
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Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Francen ...
Marny
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Cabrissade
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Raphaël Saint Clair
Madeleine Ozeray ...
Jeannette
Alexandre Arquillière ...
Monsieur Lucien (as Arquillières)
Arthur Devère ...
Le régisseur (as Devère)
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Madame Tusini
Joffre ...
Philémon
...
Deaubonne (as Granval)
Pierre Magnier ...
Laroche
Mme Lherbay ...
Madame Philémon
Jean Coquelin ...
Delormel
Auguste Bovério ...
Le curé (as Bovério)
Jean Aymé ...
Victor
Tony Jacquot ...
Pierrot
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Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of love affairs. Passions come back, and jealousies... A bitter film about aging, failure and the entertainment. Written by Yepok

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11 September 1939 (USA)  »

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The End of the Day  »

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The movie was supposed to star Louis Jouvet, Raimu and Michel Simon in the three main roles. Due to Raimu opting out of the movie, there was a big shuffle in the cast and both Jouvet and Simon changed parts. The cast was then completed by Victor Francen. See more »

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Madame Marcellin: He used to tell me "You are my first love..."
Madame Chabert: Ah... to me too
Madame Marcellin: To whom was he lying?
Madame Chabert: To both of us probably
Madame Marcellin: But so charmingly!
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A loving, multi-layered portrayal of the world of performers, seen in old age
4 December 2012 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

It's been decades since I've seen this French classic, but I'm bemused by the description of it as "bitter". Like Dustin Hoffman's new "Quartet" (2012), it views aging performers both wistfully and lovingly and certainly not without humor. There is a harsher and more tragic incident at the heart of the chief conflict here, but ultimately the film is a loving portrayal of everyone from the truly great to the mediocre but devoted personalities that make up the theater. It is a homage in other words to the whole world of performing, which of course ranges from tragic to comic figures, from stars to failures, but, as stirringly presented in one speech here, is united, and set apart, by a shared passion. The climactic scene is expertly orchestrated and the words "We, the poor, the obscure" ("Nous, les pauvres, les obscures") from a classic play are re-purposed to devastating effect, so much so that they linger with me decades later. As does, not a bitter, but an uplifting sense of the nobility of living one's life in service to art, even if the rewards at "the end of the day" may be no more than bittersweet memories. -- Probably hard to find, but if you understand French (I doubt anyone's taken the trouble to sub-title this), worth the effort.


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