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Le rouge et le noir
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Directed by
Claude Autant-Lara 
Writing credits
Stendhal (novel)

Jean Aurenche 
Claude Autant-Lara 
Pierre Bost 

Produced by
Henry Deutschmeister .... producer
Gianni Hecht Lucari .... producer
Original Music by
René Cloërec 
Cinematography by
Michel Kelber 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
Production Design by
Max Douy 
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare 
Production Management
Louis Wipf .... production manager
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
Sound Department
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Tonino Delli Colli .... camera operator
Other crew
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... master of arms (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Le rouge et le noir" - France (original title)
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113 min | Canada:171 min | France:185 min (longer version) | USA:137 min (New York opening)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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After Marlon Brando had finished his stage commitment to "A Streetcar Named Desire," Claude Autant-Lara wanted the young actor, who had not yet made a movie, for "The Red and the Black." He paid for Brando's transportation to Paris to meet with him. Although Brando loved the French capitol, plans for the movie were delayed, and the film was not made until 1954 with Gérard Philipe.See more »
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The Army and the Church, 6 February 2012
Author: dbdumonteil

Claude Autant-Lara had intended a three and a half hours movie,but the producers were not prepared to accept it;two shows a day was not profitable for an expensive movie filmed in color ,which was rare in France of the fifties;the precedent user was probably right when he wrote about the producers'cuts .SO the movie was divided into two parts ; the audience had to come twice (and to pay twice of course!) Autant-Lara was an auteur:his then anti-clericalism ,anti-militarism and he held in contempt the bourgeoisie (no Chabrol did not invent it,nor the N.V),hypocrisy and so called sacred values ."Douce" and "LE Diable Au Corps,among others,had already been released .The story like,romantic ,human side of the novel is almost absent .Madame De Rénal (who could remind the viewers of the female role of "Le Diable Au Corps" and mainly Mathilde De La Môle are relegated to supporting parts:and however they are played by Danielle Darrieux and Italian beauty Antonella Lualdi (co-production outcome)!The director and his screenwriters,Bost and Aurenche focused on the social side :Julien,a carpenter's son,dreams of social promotion ,but he does not belong there ,in the world of privileged persons ,protected by the Red (the army) and the Black (religion) .He puts his head in the guillotine because he is an intruder under the very reactionary reign of Charles the Tenth,like the young student of "Diable" or the proletarian couple of "Douce"....and later the conscientious objector in "Tu Ne Tueras Point".

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