Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mathias is a Belgian linguist, living with French theatre producer Anne. After a quarrel about moral questions, they take a train to attend a congress. While Mathias sleeps, Anne disappears... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux
Stars: Yves Montand, Anouk Aimée, Adriana Bogdan
Moontide (1942)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang
Stars: Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell
Adventure | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Professor Johansson has made a huge scientific breakthrough; a device that will create a huge magnetic pulse that knocks out all electricity over a continent-wide area. The military ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Richard Angst
Stars: Martha Hyer, Micheline Presle, Carlos Thompson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Jeannette Batti
Le joueur (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Gérard Philipe, Liselotte Pulver, Françoise Rosay
Drama | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Married French lawyer Andre defends succesfully the case of Yvette, who committed a robbery. He falls in love with her, but she isn't true to him.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell
Thieves (1996)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A French/Italian co-production with two episodes from Italy and five from France covering the seven deadly sins---actually eight as two of the sins are covered in one episode while a new "... See full summary »

Directors: Yves Allégret, Claude Autant-Lara, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Françoise Rosay, Jean Debucourt
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Micheline Presle, Gérard Philipe, Denise Grey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Nicole Berger, Pierre-Michel Beck
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Marie-José Nat, Jean Valmont, Claude Gensac
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Marguerite
...
M. Léon
...
L'homme austère
Jacques Clancy ...
Angelo
Paul Demange ...
Un client du 'Pigall's'
Jacques Erwin ...
Le ténor
Camille Guérini
Suzet Maïs ...
Une cliente du 'Pigall's'
Max Mégy
Geneviève Morel ...
La concierge
Fernand Sardou ...
Le patron du café
Hélène Tossy ...
La patronne du café
...
Valentin
Louis Seigner ...
L'homme de l'hôtel
Jean-François Calvé ...
Georges Faust
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

melodrama | based on novel | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 December 1955 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Marguerite of the Night  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The story takes place over 3 nights, beginning on Walpurgis Night, April 30, 1927. However, the third night, which should be May 2, the clients at Pigall's nightclub are listening to the radio and eagerly awaiting the news of Charles Lindbergh's arrival in France after his solo flight across the Atlantic, which took place on May 21, 1927. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Help me get Autant-Lara's Marguerite out of the night!
19 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The rating at my time of writing is so low I cannot believe my eyes.Are people so blind?Why can't they see? "Marguerite de la nuit" is Autant-Lara's forgotten gem ;it tackles the well known story of Faust's damnation but it completely renews the subject.The one thing which gets in the way is that the film moves too slow ,its length is in excess of two hours ;but that's all.All that remains,except for the questionable performance of romantic young lead Jean-François Calvé -whose career in the movies was short-lived but made interesting made-for-TV works,notably an adaptation of Sue's "Mathilde" -,is splendid indeed.I'm not a Yves Montand fan,by a long shot,but I've got to acknowledge the extreme competence of his playing in "Marguerite".He is perfectly cast as the devil.Michèle MOrgan is equally good as Marguerite ; the couple that shines is Marguerite/Mephisto ,Faust is almost completely outstripped.It's interesting to note that the novel was written by Mac Orlan who also gave "Quai des Brumes" which put Morgan on the map.

More than "la Main du Diable" or René Clair's overrated "la Beauté du Diable" ,"Marguerite" recalls Fritz Lang 's silent movie "Der Mude Tod";like the heroine of that movie who was in search of a person willing to die ,Marguerite is looking for someone who could replace Faust in the maleficent pact.Expressionism is the keyword anyway:the settings are thoroughly disturbing from these streets (with no names) to the white surrealist church (and its incredible Christ) and a lugubrious graveyard where the only thing you can see is crosses,black crosses,which seem to have been painted on the landscape.The sublime metaphor of the railway station in a dreamlike train climaxes the movie.As Morgan's tears begin to flow,you cannot help but think of Powell/Pressburger 's "a matter of life and death" (the rose sequence) Autant-Lara 's movie is not a Christian movie:if a miracle happens ,it's because of Marguerite's love ,a human true pure love.Autant-Lara in the forties and in the fifties was anticlerical to a fault(see "l'Auberge Rouge" "Douce" and "le Diable au Corps").The scene with the man who treats Marguerite like a prostitute -Leon suggests us that she probably was one anyway-is revealing "I'm a believer,he says ,and I 'm afraid of Hell" Although Autant-Lara refuses christianism and religion,unlike Luis Bunuel,he puts in his movies positive figures of priests and believers: in the sixties,the hero of "Tu ne tueras point" would refuse the draft because of his beliefs and the "Nazi" Brother of "Le Franciscain de Bourges" would be a saint.Here Massimo Girotti's priest -Marguerite's brother is almost an anomaly in the fifties world of Autant-Lara;but when he holds his sister tenderly in his arms ,he heralds those characters to come.

The film opens with the opera final which an old descendant of Doctor Faust attends.The film was a colossal flop ,and Autant-Lara quickly made "la Traversée de Paris" which gave him the audience's acclaim again.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Marguerite de la nuit miklos-12
Discuss Marguerite de la nuit (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?