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Du Guesclin (1949)

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A chronicle of the life of Bertrand du Guesclin, grand officer of the French army in the 14th century.

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Jeanne, Comtesse de Penthièvre
Ketti Gallian ...
Jeanne de Malemains
Howard Vernon ...
Lancaster
Gérard Oury ...
Le Dauphin
Michel Salina ...
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Marcel Delaître ...
Jean Chandos
Léon Bary ...
Charles de Blois (as Léon Barry)
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Paul Amiot ...
Le duc d'Anjou
Suzanne Nivette ...
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Jacques Mercier ...
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Born into a modest family of Breton country gentlemen, Bertrand du Gusclin gets noticed as of his tender years on account of his unusual energy. Once his restless years are over, Bertrand shows himself as a great warlord. In Brittany, he fights against the English, who take him prisoner at the Battle of Auray. The women of France decide to work to pay his ransom. After being released, Du Guesclin goes to Spain, where he defeats the troops of the King of Navarre. Appointed Constable of France, he wages war unceasingly to rid France of the English occupiers. He dies one evening following his last victory outside Châteauneuf-de-Randon. Written by Guy Bellinger

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3 June 1949 (France)  »

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After the war,in need of a hero
28 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Bertrand Du Guesclin was one of the two most famous heroes of the Hundred Years' War,the other being of course Joan of Arc who was the subject of so many movies it's impossible to count them all.Du Guesclin,whose career was much longer,did not inspire that much the directors,and this is the one (talkie) and only movie dealing with Le Conétable of King Charles the Fifth.

An user wrote about the legendary side of this historical effort.Bertrand was the black sheep of the family ,never obeying his mother .He was reportedly very ugly,but the actor Fernand Gravey is not! HIstorian Jean Tulard complained about the lack of means ,but this 1949 movie ,made four years after the war -the kind of movie which could not be made during the Occupation days;it was forbidden to show Dreyer's "La Passion De Jeanne D'Arc in the theaters - was made with care and respect for the audience:the English speak English,and French with an accent ,which was not always the case in movies dealing with this interminable war.

Bertrand's story,like Joan's ,is told with a certain sense of mystery:the nun makes prophesies when he is still a boy,they often read his destiny in the stars ,and on his deathbed ,someone takes out his ring "for a young girl who will come from the East".

His story is a long flashback his squire (Noel Roquevert:he was in so many movies from "Antoine ET Antoinette" to "Le Corbeau" to "Fanfan La Tulipe " to "Les Diaboliques" (imdb top 250)that I wonder if there is a French actor who made more movies than he did (maybe Charles Vanel,it's not sure)tells to a desperate crowd gathered in a church as the Prince Noir is besieging the town.

The love scenes between Bertrand and his wife Tiphaine are delicately directed.


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