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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Credited cast:
Fernand Gravey ...
Junie Astor ...
Noël Roquevert ...
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Jeanne, Comtesse de Penthièvre
Jeanne de Malemains
Howard Vernon ...
Gérard Oury ...
Le Dauphin
Michel Salina ...
Marcel Delaître ...
Jean Chandos
Léon Bary ...
Charles de Blois (as Léon Barry)
L'astrologue / Aymérigot Marches / un seigneur / un mendiant
Paul Amiot ...
Le duc d'Anjou
Suzanne Nivette ...
Soeur Anne-Marie
Jacques Mercier ...
Bertrand du Guesclin enfant
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Dorette Ardenne


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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Magnificent rendition of the legendary Conétable de France's life and times.
14 April 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Magnificent illustration of French history, with the accent of the legend. The previous comment contains a mistake: THIS IS NOT Louis de Funès playing the part of Bertrand du Guesclin, but Fernand Gravey (the famous Capitaine Fracasse, directed by Abel Gance). Indeed Louis de Funès plays numerous other parts (3) including a semi-villain Spanish captain (Henriquez, if I remember correctly). Noël Roquevert makes a highly believable squire. Many scenes are deeply moving. Casting, writing, directing, and props are worthy of the golden age of French cinema. It must certainly have been a great relief for the French audience to watch this movie after so painful a decade for their fatherland.

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