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Night in December (1940)

Nuit de décembre (original title)
In 1919, Pierre Darmont, a handsome, much-loved piano virtuoso, falls in love with Anne Morris, a young woman who shares his tender feelings. But, quite inexplicably, after an unforgettable... See full summary »

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(novel), (technical script) | 3 more credits »
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Renée Saint-Cyr ...
Anne Morris / Helen Morris
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Jacques Morel
Jean Tissier ...
Camille
Marcel André ...
James Arthur Morris
Eugène Stuber ...
Le porteur
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Pearl Argyle ...
Betty, la jeune ballerine
Geneviève Beau
Denise Berley
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Edouard
Marcel Delannoy ...
Le chef d'orchestre en 1919
Dora Doll ...
Une fille de la bande
Georges Flateau ...
Le maître d'hôtel
Gustave Gallet ...
Le médecin au concert de 1939
Anthony Gildès ...
Le concierge du Conservatoire
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In 1919, Pierre Darmont, a handsome, much-loved piano virtuoso, falls in love with Anne Morris, a young woman who shares his tender feelings. But, quite inexplicably, after an unforgettable night, Anne vanishes without trace. Twenty years later, Pierre, at the peak of his glory, has become embittered. Unable to recover his unhappy love affair, he has collected women without ever committing himself to any. Until some night he meets the eyes of a beautiful young lady, who happens to be the spitting image of his great love... Written by Guy Bellinger

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27 February 1941 (France)  »

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Dezembernacht  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gala evening premiere on 27-é-1941 for the benefit of the "Secours National". The name of the director had been deleted from the credits for being Jewish. See more »

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Featured in Un compositeur pour le cinéma: Maurice Jaubert (1985) See more »

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Sonate au Clair de Lune
Composed by Hector Berlioz
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She was once a true love of mine...
6 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Nuits De Decembre" was,in Kurt aka Curtis Bernhardt's prolific career ,the follow-up to "Carrefour",twice remade as "Le Retour De Martin Guerre" and "sommersby".Both movies deal with identities.

A piano virtuoso(Pierre Blanchar),adored by his audience ,meets a mysterious woman (Renée Saint-Cyr) who attends all his concerts ,has a one-night affair with her;for years and years he tried to find her to no avail.

Twenty years after...... The musician has become a ruthless professor ,who is intractable when it comes to select candidates for the competitive entry examination of the Conservatoire.After rejecting a self-conscious nervous young candidate (Gilbert Gil) ,he finally estimates him at his true value and takes him as a student. Both meet a Young girl with is the strange woman of long ago's dead ringer.Both fall for her,the older suitor thinking he's found back her long lost love.But who is she?

It could have been a fantasy tale ,a la "portrait of Jennie" ,it's actually pure melodrama as the director would later make with such works as " a stolen life" (1946)or "the blue veil" (1951)itself the remake of the eponymous French melodrama .A Freud zest is thrown in for good measure .Fine classic music throughout.


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