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Carnival of Sinners (1943)
"La main du diable" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Horror  -  7 April 1947 (USA)
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Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Fresnay ...
Josseline Gaël ...
Irène
Noël Roquevert ...
Mélisse
Guillaume de Sax ...
Gibelin
Palau ...
Le petit homme
Pierre Larquey ...
Ange
André Gabriello ...
Le dîneur (as Gabriello)
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Denis
Marcelle Rexiane ...
Madame Denis (as Rexiane)
André Varennes ...
Le colonel
Georges Chamarat ...
Duval
Jean Davy ...
Le mousquetaire
Jean Despeaux ...
Le boxeur
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Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this world, and after one year the devil comes and asks for his due... Written by Yepok

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Excellent Horror Film Needs More Attention
29 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Carnival of Sinners (1943)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Excellent French horror film from director Maurice Tourneur about a talentless painter (Pierre Fresnay) who is given the opportunity to buy a mysterious chest and with it a certain power that will bring greatness and fame. It doesn't take long for the painter to realize that he's actually sold his soul to the Devil and he must try and find a way to get it back. I had never heard of this film until it recently was shown on Turner Classic Movies and afterwards I really couldn't wait to tell others about it. It's really hard to believe that this movie isn't better known because it's certainly one of the best horror films from this period that manages to hold up extremely well and it remains quite creepy. The story of one's soul being sold isn't exactly original but director Tourneur does a masterful job at showing how one could go crazy trying to figure out a way to gain his soul back. I really loved the way the film drew you into the greatness that would come with fame and riches and it also did a great job at showing how difficult it would be to give this stuff up. The film is quite thoughtful in the way it shows the highs and lows of this mysterious box and the finale is just downright chilling to watch. Fresnay is terrific in his role, which requires him to act out various emotions throughout the picture. I thought the actor did a fantastic job and especially during the scenes where he begins to realize the mistake he's made. The supporting cast is equally strong as well. The film has some wonderful cinematography and the use of shadows is quite impressive. CARNIVAL OF SINNERS shows what a talented director can do to a familiar story and in the end this here is certainly one of the better films of the genre and deserves much more attention.


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