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Mr. Orchid (1946)

Le père tranquille (original title)
In the Charente, during the Nazi occupation, Edouard Martin, a fifty-year-old man with apparently peaceful life is in fact the leader of a resistance network.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noël-Noël ...
Édouard Martin
Maurice Chevit ...
Un maquisard
Alice Leitner
Georges Questau ...
(as Georges Questiau)
Simone Lestan
Maurice Salabert ...
Le boucher
Jaqueline Lefer
Pierre Noël
Howard Vernon ...
Le lieutenant Fleischer, l'officier allemand
Jean Lara ...
Pelletier (as Jean Varas)
Nadine Alari ...
Monique Martin
José Artur ...
Pierre Martin
Claire Olivier ...
Madame Martin
Paul Frankeur ...
Simon
Jeanne Herviale ...
Marie
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In the Charente, during the Nazi occupation, Edouard Martin, a fifty-year-old man with apparently peaceful life is in fact the leader of a resistance network.

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A delightful French family portrait of a genial Papa who led a "double-life"...

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

30 April 1946 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Orchid  »

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Sound Mix:

(Radio-Cinéma Fidélité Intégrale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Excellent piece of propaganda
20 June 2013 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

My summary says all of my point of view. It goes even over the top, for a really excellent piece of propaganda should not be understood as propaganda… But since all the reviewers pointed that this movie, made just at the end of the war, was sugar-coating French supposed general behaviour during the war and German occupation, it's maybe time to speak about the film itself.

Though naive, it's a compelling story, extremely well shot and acted. Noël Noël, Paul Frankeur and above all Nadine Alari --I discover this very talented young woman-- are touching and in tune all along the reels.

René Clément shows his mastery in the filming, angles, movements and composition.

And the last scene before the epilogue, when father and son are meeting again, is an absolute tear-jerker.

Have a break, indulge yourself in watching Le Père tranquille. You won't regret those 90 minutes.


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