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26 May 1943 (France) See more »
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Madeleine Renaud ... Cricri

Pierre Brasseur ... Roland
Madeleine Robinson ... Michèle
Paul Bernard ... Patrice Le Verdier
Georges Marchal ... Julien
Léonce Corne ... Tonton
Charles Blavette ... Vincent
Jane Marken ... Louise Martinet (as Jeanne Marken)
Henri Pons ... Amédée
Gérard Lecomte ... Dany
Marcel Lévesque ... Monsieur Louis
Raymond Aimos ... Ernest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josette Paddé ... Une dame au bal masqué (uncredited)
Georges Yvon ... Un ouvrier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Grémillon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre Laroche  dialogue
Pierre Laroche  screenplay
Jacques Prévert  dialogue
Jacques Prévert  screenplay

Produced by
André Paulvé .... producer
Original Music by
Roland Manuel  (as Roland-Manuel)
Cinematography by
Louis Page 
Film Editing by
Louisette Hautecoeur 
Production Design by
Léon Barsacq  (as Barsacq)
Max Douy 
Alexandre Trauner (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Léon Barsacq 
Production Management
Lucien Lippens .... production supervisor
Fred Orain .... unit manager
Louis Wipf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Vallin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Duvergé .... sound
Jean Monchablon .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arrignon .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Bruno Patin .... remastering digital grading
Music Department
Roger Desormière .... conductor (as Roger Désormière)

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
My kind of strange, 18 January 2014
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

A real strange one this, pretty flabbergasting even. A load of Frenchies high up in a mountaintop hotel, the neighbouring castle and dam project behave like lunatics. Superb light relief from Marcel Lévesque as Monsieur Louis, the hotel dogsbody who finds everything that happens just as quizzical as I did. An immensely contrived plot seems to have been contrived absolutely apropos of nothing, a bit like Ayn Rand without an agenda. Often compared to Renoir's Rules of the Game, somewhat to my mystification, as it's severely lacking in existential resonance by comparison and nowhere near as seamless. There's a huge deficit in chemistry in all the many romantic connections. The sheer weirdness of it is however utterly compelling. Many symbolic moments occur, but are hard to nail to their objects. Two of the men at one point discuss going fishing, the first points out that equipment is not necessary as the trout sleep under rocks in the stream at one place and can be caught by hand. Allegorical of the rather quick and humiliating capitulation of France (the film was shot during the reign of the Vichy government)? Anyone's guess. A whole bagful of mad.

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