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Release Date:
25 May 1960 (France) See more »
A wealthy and bored woman is witness of a murder in affection and meets another witness. She asks him about the history of the victim and falls in love with him. | Add synopsis »
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Jeanne Moreau ... Anne Desbarèdes

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Chauvin
Pascale de Boysson ... Bar's owner
Jean Deschamps ... M. Desbarèdes
Didier Haudepin ... Pierre
Colette Régis ... Miss Giraud
Valeric Dobuzinsky ... Assassin (as Valéric)

Directed by
Peter Brook 
Writing credits
Marguerite Duras (novel)

Marguerite Duras (adaptation) &
Gérard Jarlot (adaptation)

Produced by
Raoul Lévy .... producer (as Raoul J. Lévy)
Original Music by
Antonio Diabelli 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Robert André 
Makeup Department
Jean Paul Ulysse .... makeup artist (as J.P. Ulysse)
Production Management
Roger Debelmas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Vallin .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound

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91 min | France:95 min | Argentina:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Miscellaneous: In original release copies the title card read "Moderato contabile", but they were not retired from circulation.See more »
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Referenced in A Woman Is a Woman (1961)See more »


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7 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Well, it's not New Wave, 26 August 2009
Author: Bob Taylor ( from Canada

This has to be one of the dullest films of the early Sixties. Remember that Godard, Malle, Truffaut and company had been challenging the traditions of story telling; the world seemed young again, and full of possibilities. Moderato cantabile has nothing of this spirit. It might have been made by an old-guard director like Clément or Delannoy (if they had decided to take a chance on a Duras script).

There isn't much energy or interest in this story: what happens in the first ten minutes is endlessly rehashed throughout the remainder. Belmondo is ill at ease here, or at least seems that way to me--there is no chance for any extroversion, exuberance or even anger from the character. Jeanne Moreau is used decoratively (Brook must have seen what Resnais was able to do with Delphine Seyrig in Last Year In Marienbad) and always looks elegant, if never really desperate or anguished. You know something's wrong when the piano teacher provides much of the dramatic interest: she's bullying the child into giving her a Diabelli sonata "moderately, with a singing feeling".

Note: I have just remembered that Clément did do a Duras script (Barrage contre le Pacifique) in 1958.

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