(novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), (play) (as Alexandre Dumas père) | 5 more credits »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Accuse (1938)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Victor Francen, Line Noro, Marie Lou
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

At the end of the 15th Century, Rome is ruled ruthlessly by power mad and sex hungry Cesare Borgia, the eldest son of Pope Alexander VI. Following the advice of his chief adviser Niccolo ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Gabriel Gabrio, Maurice Escande
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Pierre Mondy, Martine Carol, Claudia Cardinale
J'accuse! (1919)
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The imaginary voyage of a woman gone blind on her former lover's boat.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Viviane Romance, Georges Flamant, Henri Guisol
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Fernand Gravey, Assia Noris, Jean Weber
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt
La roue (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Séverin-Mars, Ivy Close, Gabriel de Gravone
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Jean Dréville
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Armando Francioli, Robert Porte
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Duelist and poet Cyrano de Bergerac and musketeer d'Artagnan meet and team up to stop the conspiracy against King Louis XIII of France.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: José Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sylva Koscina
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Before World War I in Paris, a budding artist, Pierre Leblanc, falls in love and marries Janine, a dressmaker's assistant. Pierre has a flair for designing clothes, and he and his bride ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Fernand Gravey, Elvire Popesco, André Alerme
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Annabella, Antonin Artaud


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaultier d'Aulnay (as Paul Guers de la Comédie Française)
Jacques Toja ...
Philippe d'Aulnay (as Jacques Toja de la Comédie Française)
Marcel Raine ...
Constant Rémy ...
Lia Di Leo ...
Princesse Blanche
Cristina Grado ...
Princesse Jeanne
Jacques Mafioli ...
(as Maffioly)
Rivers Cadet ...
Le tavernier
Hugues Wanner ...
Le sénéchal (as Hugues Vanner)
Le premier conseiller
Claude Sylvain ...
La servante de l'auberge
Catherine Valnay
Dominique Relly

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con



Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Drama | History


See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 March 1955 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Turm der sündigen Frauen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Version of La tour de Nesle (1937) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

27 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a very rare movie,very rare on the screens and it deserves to be brought out of oblivion.Adapting Alexandre Dumas,Abel Gance did fifty years ago what Patrice Chéreau would do -with questionable results- in the nineties with "la reine Margot" itself a remake of a Jean Dreville film ,which was released at the same time as Gance's "la tour de Nesle".Do not forget that that director was a pioneer ,a visionary whose most famous works ("Napoleon" "j'accuse" ) are as important as Griffith's for American cinema.

First thing to bear in mind is that THAT Marguerite,heroine of Gance's work, is not Marguerite de Navarre who married HENRI IV ,but another one ,who lived in the 14th century,Marguerite de Bourgogne.As for the historical events ,well, see at the end of the review.

"La tour de Nesles " is a color movie,which was rare in the French fifties.The settings are minimal but splendid and Gance lovingly films reflections of the lugubrious tower and its horrors in the blue-green waters of the Seine.This tower where the Queen waits for her young lovers who are killed by her henchmen afterwards solves the equation of paradise and hell:this scene when the three gentlemen enter a sumptuous room -actually three bedrooms - where three gorgeous naked ladies are eagerly waiting for them, was very risqué for the time (nudities were extremely rare or they were furtive).Here Gance is really going for broke;and that's not all:this place of all delights suddenly becomes some kind of cage .

Abel Gance used to say that a melodrama was a failed tragedy:but personally I prefer a glorious melodrama to a boring tragedy;and "la tour de Nesles has everything that makes a melodrama worthwhile: orgies,treason,blood,love,adultery,humor,vividness -Pierre Brasseur is the stand-out - and even incest;it's also a swashbuckler ,a genre that will dominate the commercial French cinema in the wake of Gance's film in the 1955-1965 era .

The last lines of the movie are François Villon's immortal lines from his poem "ballade des dames du temps jadis"(second half of the fifteenth century).

Historical facts:this Queen who was doing away with her one -night lovers by throwing them into the Seine is probably pure legend.Marguerite de bourgogne was Philippe le Bel's daughter-in -law and that king was not quite a joker -neither was his son,here portrayed by Michel Bouquet as an idiot-.When he discovered that Marguerite was having a love affair with a gentleman,Philippe d'Aulnay -a character featured in the movie-,while her sister -in law ,Blanche was in love with his brother Gauthier (also featured)he was merciless;the two brothers were -ouch!- flayed alive and Marguerite was strangled in her dungeon.It's interesting to compare the brothers' real fate with their role in Dumas's play.As for Buridan (Pierre Brasseur),they say he was a professor at university who had an affair with the queen ,actually the starting point of the bloody legend.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: