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Les enfants terribles
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Terrible Kids (1950) More at IMDbPro »Les enfants terribles (original title)

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Writers:
Jean Cocteau (novel)
Jean Cocteau (adaptation)
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Release Date:
28 July 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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User Reviews:
Strange and at times unnerving masterpiece, French style. See more (19 total) »

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)
"Les Enfants Terribles" - International (English title) (alternative 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:
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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Made in U.S.A (1966)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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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Strange and at times unnerving masterpiece, French style., 2 April 2009
Author: R. Ignacio Litardo (lancaster@fibertel.com.ar) from Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina

It took time to build, but when things got really rolling, I felt things could not happen otherwise. The settings and actresses are truly fine. The musical score, simple and obsessive, is perfect for this almost naive plot of youth angst "avant la lettre". The final monologue of Elizabeth about "how we have to make our lives ugly, unlivable" is worth many bad French Literature we "ought to read".

While I cannot say it has any meaning, the "form" of this movie is so good one just forgets. I agree with Amazon's Tom Keogh that it may be "a harbinger of pop narcissism", I thought exactly the same. Some images are beautiful, like Liz moving in the garden with barren trees and a cloudy sky, prodding elegantly in a house that doesn't belong to her.

Doug Anderson on Amazon wrote a good summary and a great line: "the unwholesomeness of the bond is immediately apparent" "little blonde fascist versions of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton-". The thread he and another reviewer have is interesting. I pinch from there my end line: "In film the "how" is everything".

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