Love Eternal (1943)
"L'éternel retour" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  3 January 1948 (USA)
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This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, set in 1940s France. The script was written by Jean Cocteau.



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Cast overview:
Madeleine Sologne ...
Junie Astor ...
Nathalie la brune
Roland Toutain ...
Jane Marken ...
Anne (as Jeanne Marken)
Jean d'Yd ...
Amédée Frossin
Piéral ...
Achille Frossin
Alexandre Rignault ...
Yvonne de Bray ...
Gertrude Frossin


This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, set in 1940s France. The script was written by Jean Cocteau.

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3 January 1948 (USA)  »

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The Eternal Return  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Lock Up: Change of Heart (1959) See more »

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L'eternel retour
8 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I see the Nazi references, but there are subtle subliminal messages being sent to the French people who were under the jackboot of Nazi oppression. It was not a proud time for them. Remember that during the Middle Ages, Vikings invaded France from the North. The men from the North who became the Normans finally assimilated nicely with the people living in northern France. Men who were expert sailors learned farming and the language of the "French". Re-telling the Tristan story always seemed to me to be a way to reach the soul of the French. It's a way to remind them of the time of the brave knight who comes to the rescue of his lady. The blondness of Patrice and Nathalie could be a reference to the Normans. They are both orphans of the sea and the death scene with both of them positioned perfectly on a boat(linked eternally)with the skies parting to bring them up to heaven is very reminiscent of the French epic poem "Chanson de Roland". It also reminds me of a dead Viking warrior being cast out to sea on his burning boat. A film to be enjoyed on many levels and a way to appease the Aryan loving Nazis while resonating with the proud history of the French.

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