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That Is the Dawn (1956)
"Cela s'appelle l'aurore" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  9 May 1956 (France)
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The wife of a physician who diligently cares for the poor, grows weary of their dull South France factory town and pressures her older husband to move to glorious Nice, on the Mediterranean... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Georges Marchal ...
Doctor Valerio
Lucia Bosé ...
Julien Bertheau ...
The Commissioner Fasaro
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
Simone Paris ...
Mrs. Gorzone
Robert Le Fort ...
Brigitte Elloy ...
Pascal Mazzotti ...
Jane Morlet
Gaston Modot ...
Sandro's new tenant
Henri Nassiet ...
Angela's father
Marcel Pérès ...
Yvette Thilly ...
Giani Esposito ...
Sandro Galli
Nelly Borgeaud ...


The wife of a physician who diligently cares for the poor, grows weary of their dull South France factory town and pressures her older husband to move to glorious Nice, on the Mediterranean. Dr. Valerio particularly empathizes with Sandro, the farm foreman for the town's wealthy factory owner, Gorzone. Sandro's preoccupation with caring for his ill wife, Magda, angers Gorzone. As the only local physician, will compassionate Valerio abandon his patients, and give in to his young wife's bourgeois values ? Written by David Stevens

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9 May 1956 (France)  »

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Cela s'appelle l'aurore  »

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A Dramatic Love Story with Romance, Fight of Classes and Revenge
21 April 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Corsica, the altruistic Dr. Valerio (Georges Marchal) is the only doctor in the island and is always busy with his many clients. His spoiled wife Angela (Nelly Borgeaud) is feeling bored with her tedious life and wants to return to Nice. Dr. Valerio is a friend of Sandro Galli (Giani Esposito), who is in deep love with his wife Magda (Brigitte Elloy) that is very ill and needs to rest. Sandro is neglecting his duties of the caretaker of the farm of the wealthy and powerful Gorzone (Jean-Jacques Delbo) to give more attention to his wife. Angela has a nervous breakdown and decides to travel to Nice to spend some time with her father.

When the Chief of Police Fasaro (Julien Bertheau) summons Dr. Valerio to examine a little girl that was raped by her grandfather, he meets the gorgeous and elegant widow Clara Bernacci (Lucia Bosé). They immediately fall in love with each other and have a love affair. Meanwhile, Gorzone fires Sandro and hires another caretaker. Dr. Valerio visits Gorzone and asks him to hire Sandro back, and the man agrees but he lies to Dr. Valerio. When the new employee arrives at Sandro's home, he transports Clara in a wagon to the house of his friend Pietro (Robert Le Fort). However she does not resist to the journey and dies. Sandro gets a gun and goes to the manor of Gorzone to revenge the death of his beloved wife.

"Cela s'Appelle l'Aurore" is another wonderful film of Luis Buñuel with a dramatic love story with romance, fight of classes and revenge. Buñuel makes an accessible film without the use of surreal imagery or hidden messages. However his style is present in the critic to the behavior of the upper classes and the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church with the sequence when Sandro arrives at Gorzone's mansion and the priest asks him to go back home. Georges Marchal has a magnificent performance in a beautiful role of a doctor that helps the poor ones. The remarkable beauty, class and elegance of Lucia Bosé is still very impressive in the present days. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Assim é a Aurora" ("Thus Is the Dawn")

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