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Writers:
Jean Cocteau (novel)
Jean Cocteau (adaptation)
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Release Date:
28 July 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
a love story by Jean Cocteau
Plot:
In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Nicole Stéphane ... Elisabeth
Edouard Dermithe ... Paul
Renée Cosima ... Dargelos / Agathe
Jacques Bernard ... Gerard
Melvyn Martin ... Michael
Maria Cyliakus ... The Mother
Jean-Marie Robain ... Headmaster
Maurice Revel ... Doctor
Rachel Devirys
Adeline Aucoc ... Mariette
Emile Mathys ... Vice Principal
Roger Gaillard ... Gerard's Uncle

Jean Cocteau ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annabel Buffet
Karin Lannby ... The Mother
Hélène Rémy

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
Jean Cocteau (novel)

Jean Cocteau (adaptation and dialogue)

Jean-Pierre Melville  uncredited

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Melville .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Bonnot 
 
Production Design by
Emile Mathys 
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Costume Design by
Christian Dior (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Hagop Arakelian .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
J. Boussard .... assistant unit manager
J. Braley .... production manager
Jean-Pierre Melville .... production manager
Philip Schwob .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Drach .... trainee assistant director
Jacques Guymont .... second assistant director
Claude Pinoteau .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Maurice Dagonneau .... boom operator
R. Durand .... sound recordist
Jacques Gallois .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dino .... still photographer
J. Thibaudier .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Colette Charbonneau .... assistant editor
Claude Durand .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Paul Bonneau .... musical director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les enfants terribles" - France (original title)
"The Terrible Children" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Netherlands:12 (2009) (DVD) | Spain:18 | UK:12 (2000) | UK:X (1976) (re-rating) | UK:X (1952) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Jean Cocteau was allowed a day of shooting, when Jean-Pierre Melville wasn't feeling up to the mark. Cocteau was to follow Melville's instructions exactly or do nothing at all. Eight shots in all, which were supposed to be of a summer's day but were done in midwinter in the rain.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of blood on Paul's face changes between when he is in the shop and when he is in the taxi.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:A great mystery was made clear: Elisabeth hadn't married him for his money nor his elegance or charm. She married him for his death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto in A minor for 2 violins and string orchestra (Opus 3, No. 8; RV 522)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Les enfants terribles, 3 August 2012
Author: junkielee from Cairo, Egypt

Another KVIFF viewing of Jean-Pierre Melville's tribute section, after LE SAMOURAI (1967, a 9/10). This one is Melville's earlier work, a collaboration with Jean Cocteau, an adaption of Cocteau's internationally famed eponymous novel, which at first glance would seem to be deviated from Melville's comfort zone, the film has a more explicit portrayal of humanity in its darkest corner, and the fodder has a comprehensive penchant to theatricality and character study.

A quite conspicuous clash comes from the cast, to wit Edouard Dermithe, the leading protagonist as Peter, who would not be Melville's first choice but thanks to Cocteau's relentless insistence (Edouard is said to be his lover at that time), notwithstanding his dandy contour is unable to deliver any conceivable conviction which his role should have embodied, no matter how many close-ups swooping upon his statuesque face, it is certainly beyond the rescue even Melville had exerted himself to the utmost. Nicole Stéphane and Renée Cosima, on the other hand, are the messiahs of the cast, several emotion-eruption takes are right to the point.

At least Melville still manifests his capacity is other department of the films, the cinematography from DP Henri Decaë infuses very seclude intimacy during the siblings' scenes when a whiff of incestuous ambiguity permeates the whole frame. When the setting moves to the grand apartment in the latter part in the film, the spiderweb of deconstructing an immoral subterfuge foiled with riveting and labyrinthine shots culminates the film with a quite amazing coda, which by no means should be even scarcely credited for Mr. Dermithe.

So the win-win combo seems not to fire up to one's expectation, and it is a quite qualified candidate needs a remake, then who is the proper person at the helm? I dare to suggest Jacques Audiard if one must be French.

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