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The Light Across the Street (1955)

La lumière d'en face (original title)
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Credited cast:
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Georges Marceau
Roger Pigaut ...
Pietri
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Olivia Marceau
Claude Romain ...
Barbette
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Le professeur Nieumer
Antonin Berval ...
Albert
Guy Piérauld ...
Antoine (as Guy Pierrault)
Lucien Hubert ...
Gaspard
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L'amoureux en panne
Christine Gouze-Rénal ...
L'inconnue dans la voiture
Jacques Gauthier ...
Doctor
Hennery ...
Ernest
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Joé Davray
Jean-François Martial
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One of BB's best parts.
8 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Georges Lacombe 's most famous works are certainly "le dernier des six" (1941)which owes a lot to HG Clouzot,"Martin Roumagnac" where Gabin teamed with Marlene Dietrich -but as a seed merchant ,she was miscast!- and "le pays sans étoile which has become very hard to see.

"La lumière d'en face' is one of these little gems which should not be missed.Crazy it certainly is ,as the precedent user says ,but not crazier than "the postman always rings twice" which it sometimes recalls.Brigitte Bardot and her impotent(!)husband run a small restaurant:across the road,two men run a gas station.Most of the time,and because of a diversion/detour,this quartet is on his own.

More than Roger Vadim and his mediocre " et Dieu créa la femme" it's actually Georges Lacombe who revealed Brigitte Bardot's sensuality and intense erotic potential.BB brought a new form of erotism,with her spontaneity,her absence of hypocrisy and she managed to stay very natural because of Lacombe's excellent direction.Things were to get wrong afterwards with Vadim's disastrous turkeys.But it emrged again,notably in HG Clouzot's "la vérité" and Louis Malle's "vie privée" and "Viva Maria".

The film has a very good male cast too.Raymond Pellegrin -who was the hero of the first (and best ) version of "Manon des sources"- ,in a thankless part ,plays a neurotic man eaten with desire,sometimes recalling Van Heflin;Roger Pigault plays the handsome gas station man who of course covets the wife.But more than the story ,it's the atmosphere that matters :a sultry place,with the insects noise and four human beings about to explode.

The movie has a prologue and an epilogue which are downright embarrassing:it was obviously intended to lecture,to edify the audience .It was probably imposed on Lacombe by his producers for fear the censorship may be infuriated ,because this is a rather risky movie.

SPOILER: If we forget these ridiculous "warnings " which frame the movie,the first sequence shows Pellegrin's shadow on the wall :he's got a gun and he's about to fire.Then a long flashback .Then a stunning finale during which Pellegrin goes off his nut.It was intended to be an absolute film noir.


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