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Jean Cocteau (novel)
Jean Cocteau (adaptation)
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Release Date:
28 July 1952 (USA) See more »
a love story by Jean Cocteau
In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (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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Also Known As:
"Les enfants terribles" - France (original title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

The line spoken by Cocteau when Elisabeth is looking at her hands, "All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand...", is from Macbeth Act 5 scene 1, by William Shakespeare.See more »
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 »
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:
Edited into Goodbye to Language (2014)See more »
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11 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Unconditional lover of Cocteau universe, 22 January 2004
Author: Bob Taylor ( from Canada

This is a great film; I've seen it a couple of times on TV recently. Nicole Stephane is astonishing, her face a mask of passion, deviousness, grief. She had the glam-butch look that only Sharon Stone today has mastered. Edouard Dermithe wasn't much of an actor--Cocteau "rescued" him from the coal-mines of the north of France--but he's as spoiled as the story needs. Renee Cosima is fabulous as Dargelos/Agathe; I love her fish-mouth and hoarse voice, and those plump arms. A MUST.

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