Sylvain and Angelina, two young people living in the Alps, love each other but they are separated when Sylvain thoughtlessly joins Napoléon Ier's army and takes part in all the Napoleonic ...
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Sylvain and Angelina, two young people living in the Alps, love each other but they are separated when Sylvain thoughtlessly joins Napoléon Ier's army and takes part in all the Napoleonic campaigns until the fall of the emperor. As for Angelina who believes that her lover is dead, she marries Jean-Marie, a man she does not love, has a child and goes to America. Thirteen years later,Angelina and her family, back from the States, are buried by an avalanche in the Alps. Saved by Barry, the good rescue dog, and Father Théotime, a monk of St Bernard's Hospice, who once loved her, Angelina is reunited with Sylvain in dramatic circumstances. Her daughter Gisèle is still missing. Although old and tired, Théotime does not hesitate. He defies the snowstorm once again in the company of Barry... saves them with the help of Barry, the good rescue dog. Written by
There's a mistake in the plot summary:the heroine does not go to America!
Old fashioned melodrama ,which includes all the usual suspects :the young girl (Simone Valère)whose rich father hopes she will marry into money,being himself a wealthy bourgeois,her lover -who unfortunately is a poor lad-,the mean fiancé who has his rival join Napoleon's armies en route to Italy,and to top it all,the good soon-to-be-monk-cause-he -loves -the girl-too-but-he's-too-old for her (Fresnay)...and a rescue dog (no,sorry,two of them,Barry and Barry's son ,two big St Bernards). All the story takes place in the Alps .
First part is entertaining,but the movie becomes preachy in the last 40 minutes .Sometimes,we are not far from Fresnay's future "Défroqué" .A confused script does not help.Lovely score.
To whom it may concern:Richard Pottier directed "fanfare d'amour" which was remade by Wilder as " some like it hot" ,but his film is nowhere to be found in France.His best work is arguably "meurtres" which transcends melodrama -which "Barry does not- to become a genuine film noir.(see this title)
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