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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.
Steam and fog, 22 November 2007
Author: carvalheiro from Portugal

"Moderato cantabile" (1960) directed by Peter Brook was a movie with a certain spleen of its weather, like a love story in a foggy atmosphere near or not too much far away in Gascogne Gulf from the quite distant channel between England and France. The couple had met in a coffee break at the place of the port and both were seeing each other concerning a criminal environment from the daily journey, nowhere outside with the police searching for somebody helping to solve the killing of someone there.

Director Peter Brook so happy with his career, that he forgot perhaps in making more movies like this one, even though this one it was not so easy in finishing it, but that unfinished touch is not evanescent. This kind of appearance from the main characters, a woman with a child and a man, both young and the message it was there like that. A stylish look for both main characters that knowing something else about an event have an approach to a soft sentimental adventure and forgotten the reality of their acquaintance created a link of friendship without any presumption for after tomorrow.

Because it seems if did you understood that, something is always possible when things are confused for the minds and the first is breathing well and expelled oxygenate air, making steam by night : reconciliation brought her for another stand of high society from the time. It seems also that the screenplay came from someone who had much pleasure to bring any confusion in the mind of the characters with her - because is a she - deconstruction in her obsessive purpose, that life is not so important around if a kiss save your honor and butterfly. This is the strength of Marguerite Duras story adapted anyway by Peter Brook with a kind of innovative and quite prejudice against savagery of the time, during persecutions in France, because colonial defeat at the time mixed with resistance from Gironde tradition where the story came from.

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