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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 »
User Reviews:
"Increasingly intriguing chamber-piece..." 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
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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)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Made in U.S.A (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto in A minor for 4 pianos (BWV 1065)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Increasingly intriguing chamber-piece...", 24 February 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French actor, producer, screenwriter and director Jean-Pierre Melville's second feature film which he produced and co-wrote with Jean Cocteau, is an adaptation of a novel from 1929 by French poet, author, playwright and filmmaker Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) who was recovering from an opium addiction while he wrote the novel. It tells the story about the young siblings Paul and Elisabeth who lives with their bed-ridden mother whom is taken care of by her daughter. Paul and Elisabeth has isolated themselves from the world and in their shared room they have created their own private universe. After being hit by a snowball at school by his friend Dargelos whom he admires, Paul becomes ill and is nursed by Elisabeth. During the time when Elisabeth takes care of her brother, they evolve an incestuous relationship and creates an emotionally afflicting game. Paul and Elisabeth joyfully keeps on playing their inside games even after their mother passes away and doesn't conceive much of what is going on in the outside world, but their closed imaginary world is shattered when visitors from the real world begins to show up.

This distinctly directed French production which was shot on various locations in Paris, France draws a vivid and detailed portrayal of a strangely erotic and tormenting relationship between a brother and a sister who in their secluded world invents a seemingly childish though unrelenting and unrestrained game where the aim is to inflict as much emotional harm on one another as possible. Independent filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville's character-driven, dialog-driven and continually and increasingly intriguing chamber-piece about the abnormal intimacy and the forbidden attraction within a brother-sister relationship where the insinuations of incest are prominent, incisively depicts two intertwining studies of character.

Visually, this lyrical coming-of-age tale is marked by it's dreamlike production design by Jean Pierre-Melville (1917-1973) and Emile Mathys, black-and-white cinematography by cinematographer Henri Decaë (1915-1987) and milieu depictions. Intimately narrated by Jean Cocteau and finely paced, this dark mystery of merging personalities is charged by it's quick-witted dialog and the poignant atmosphere which is increased by the music from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). This invariably moving psychological drama is reinforced by it's stringent narrative structure and the unflinching and empathic acting performance by French actress Nicole Stéphane (1923-2007) and the understated acting performance by Italian actor Edouard Dermithe (1925-1995). A bleak and maliciously humorous character drama which gained a nomination for Best Foreign Actress Nicole Stéphane at the sixth BAFTA Awards in 1952.

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