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Jacques Viot (dialogue)
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27 November 1946 (France) See more »
Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Françoise Rosay ... Mme. Rose
Andrée Clément ... Simone

Simone Signoret ... Gisele
Paul Meurisse ... Victor Menard
Jacques Dacqmine ... François
Félix Oudart ... L'Hertier
André Roanne ... Marvejouis
Paul Demange ... Marcel, le coiffeur
Georges Bever ... Armand
Jeannette Batti ... Mona (as Janette Batti)
Simone Max
André Nicard ... Le voleur de draps
François Joux ... Un inspecteur
Marcelle Rexiane ... La patronne du bistro
Richard Francoeur ... Le maître d'hotel
Liliane Lesaffre ... Une commère
Jean Berton ... Gazon
Roger Vincent ... Le monsieur du Mans
Yvonne Yma ... Une femme de détenu
Félix Clément
Marcel Rouzé
Paul Barge
Jacqueline Fontaine
Maurice Cartier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Gérard ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Feyder 
Marcel Blistène (finished)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Viot  dialogue
Jacques Viot  screenplay

Produced by
Eugène Tucherer .... producer
Original Music by
Marguerite Monnot 
Jean Wiener 
Cinematography by
Louis Page 
Film Editing by
Isabelle Elman 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne 
Costume Design by
Jacques Heim 
Makeup Department
Carmen Brel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Hérold .... production manager
Eugène Tucherer .... production manager
Art Department
René Turbeaux .... property master
Sound Department
René-Christian Forget .... sound engineer (as René C. Forget)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arrignon .... camera operator
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer (as Corbeau)
Other crew
Léo Fremery .... general manager (as L. Fremery)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Macadam" - France (original title)
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France:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986)See more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
In a seedy hotel..., 30 June 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

....there is a grasping matronly woman(Rosay) and her gentle daughter,some kind of Cinderella.Their hotel is called "Bijou"(sic)(=jewel).The guests include a gangster(Meurisse) and his moll(Signoret who will team up again with Meurisse in the celebrated "diabolique"),an old man and a very young woman,a guy dressed up as a sailor and more.

This work strongly recalls pre-war movies ,particularly Carné's :"Jenny" (1936) and of course "hotel du nord"(1938),but Blistène is no match for the master of the realisme poétique;for instance ,Françoise Rosay overplays and her hairdo (a wig?) makes her look like some kind of Madame Mim in "sword in the stone";Signoret cannot do anything very exciting with her bad gal part;the rest of the cast follows suit,with the eventual exception of the remarkable Andrée Clément.

SPOILERS The ending will surprise the audience though, because here Blistène does not follow the rules of melodrama:the romantic male lead chooses ...the bad girl -and the dough!-and the virtuous daughter ,the ugly duckling ,turns into an elegant woman running a revamped chic hotel -gone is her mother's crummy house.

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