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The Truth (1960)
"La vérité" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  2 November 1960 (France)
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Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dominique Marceau
Paul Meurisse ...
Maître Éparvier
Charles Vanel ...
Maître Guérin
Sami Frey ...
Gilbert Tellier
Marie-José Nat ...
Annie Marceau
Jean-Loup Reynold ...
Michel
André Oumansky ...
Ludovic
Claude Berri ...
Georges
...
Jérôme
Barbara Sommers ...
Daisy (as Barbara Sohmers)
Louis Seigner ...
Le président des assises
Raymond Meunier ...
Le cuistot du 'Spoutnik'
René Blancard ...
L'avocat général
Paul Bonifas ...
Un greffier
Hubert de Lapparent ...
Un avocat
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Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident? The acquaintances of Gilbert testify, as well as Dominique's former lovers, and her sister, Annie, the studious violin player engaged to Gilbert. The evidence they give progressively paints a more finely-shaded picture of the personalities of Dominique and Gilbert, and of their relationship, than the eloquent and convincing justifications of the counsels. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@nokia.com>

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Suppose I'm a tramp... why can't I be in love?

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The Prosecuting Attorney: You spent weeks seducing him, didn't you? Weeks!
Dominique's Attorney: Objection! What length of time should she have spent? Is there any legal limit on how long a seduction ought to take?
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Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude No.8 in E-flat minor, BWV 853
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Written by J.S.Bach
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Passion and Justice
21 March 2007 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

This comes as a surprise entry in Brigitte Bardots filmography. Surely the blonde siren wasn't everybody's first chance for a female lead in a Henri-Georges Clouzot film; then again, the role she is playing fits perfectly. Dominique Marceau is a pretty young girl eager to leave her parents home and live with her sister in Paris. Other than her, Dominique is living out her lust for life, hanging around with friends, with parties, drinking and casual affairs. By coincidence she encounters her sisters fiancée, a very serious young musician. Eventually they fall in love, but Dominique can't be faithful and Gilbert (Sami Freys character) cannot adjust to her way of life. They break up, reunite, and break up again – with Gilbert more and more being ridiculed by her affairs with other men. On the other hand, Dominique cannot let him go either, and when he suddenly loses all his passion and returns to her sister, Dominique makes a decision. This is all told in flashback sequences during the trial in which Dominique is accused of Gilberts murder. The people participated in finding the truth, Clouzot tells us, are incapable of leaving their personal convictions and moral perspectives out of the court. Whatever the verdict may be, Dominique won't leave as an innocent. - "La Verité" has some memorable scenes, not least the one where Gilbert is conducting Strawinskys "Oiseau de Feu" on television, which blends over to the next scene while the music continues without a break. While being a serious drama about passion and justice, Clouzots film still makes good use of Bardots erotic energy – and yet there is never a moment where the images make the story irrelevant.


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