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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 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
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Deaubonne (as Granval)
Pierre Magnier ...
Laroche
Mme Lherbay ...
Madame Philémon
Jean Coquelin ...
Delormel
Auguste Bovério ...
Le curé (as Bovério)
Jean Aymé ...
Victor
Tony Jacquot ...
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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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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 fine film, but no masterpiece

Well, it might have been one of the great French classics, to stand with Les enfants du paradis, Quai des brumes, La regle du jeu and so on. Instead we have Louis Jouvet who is really inspired as the great seducer Saint Clair; he was moving as the Baron in Les bas-fonds, and as Arletty's pimp in Hotel du nord, but here he is really vicious as a washed-up actor who doesn't get curtain calls anymore. He rereads old love letters from his flames of thirty years ago; this is an agreeable way to pass time.

Michel Simon as the understudy who can never get on stage because the star is never sick gives another fine performance. Think of a Boudu with more work ethic and a sense of humour and you've got him. The third male lead is Victor Francen, playing an actor who never realized his potential because his wife died (in a suspicious manner). He was born to play Racine and Corneille, but could not rise to any heights owing to the weight of grief. I am not convinced by anything Francen does here: there seems to be a hollow man behind the well-trimmed beard and elegant clothes. Gabrielle Dorziat is a pleasure to watch in anything (how great she was in Les parents terribles). She has a very affecting scene with Jouvet, one of her old loves.


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