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Les deux Anglaises et le continent
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18 November 1971 (France) See more »
At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Claude Roc

Kika Markham ... Ann Brown
Stacey Tendeter ... Muriel Brown
Sylvia Marriott ... Mrs. Brown
Marie Mansart ... Madame Roc
Philippe Léotard ... Diurka
Irène Tunc ... Ruta
Mark Peterson ... Mr. Flint
Georges Delerue ... Claude's Business Agent
Marie Iracane ... Madame Roc's maidservant
Marcel Berbert ... Vendeur d'art
Jeanne Lobre ... Porter
David Markham ... Palmist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophie Baker ... Amie au café (uncredited)
René Gaillard ... Chauffeur de taxi (uncredited)
Anne Levaslot ... Muriel enfant (uncredited)
Annie Miller ... Monique (uncredited)
Christine Pellé ... Secrétaire de Claude (uncredited)

Guillaume Schiffman ... Enfant (uncredited)
Mathieu Schiffman ... Enfant (uncredited)
Jeanne Sophie ... Clarisse (uncredited)
Eva Truffaut ... Enfant (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Récitant / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Laura Truffaut ... Enfant (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
Writing credits
Henri-Pierre Roché (novel "Deux anglaises et le continent")

François Truffaut (adaptation & dialogue) &
Jean Gruault (adaptation & dialogue)

Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Martine Barraqué 
Yann Dedet 
Production Design by
Michel de Broin 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist
Production Management
Marcel Berbert .... executive in charge of production
Claude Miller .... production manager (as Claude Miler)
Roland Thénot .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzanne Schiffman .... assistant director
Olivier Mergault .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jean-Claude Dolbert .... property master
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko .... design assistant (as Jean-Pierre Kohut)
Sound Department
René Levert .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Lafaye .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Rivière .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierangelo Cicoletti .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Claudine Kaufmann .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Christian Lentretien .... production administrator
Christine Pellé .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Les deux Anglaises et le continent" - France (original title)
"Two English Girls and the Continent" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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USA:108 min (cut version) | France:116 min (cut version) | 130 min (director's cut) | Argentina:120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Anne's last words in the film are, "If you send for a doctor, I will see him now." These were writer Emily Brontë's last words before she died, Truffaut who was an avid reader probably used her words in the film as an homage or to compare her to the character of Anne.See more »
Mrs. Brown:I must ask you to stay with our friend, Mr. Flint. That's his house there.
[points to Mr. Flint's house]
Mrs. Brown:I also want to say this: If Anne's prediction comes true, if one day a stronger feeling grows between you and Muriel, and you both deign to recognise it, I'll not be against it, personally. Though, I have my doubts about international messages.
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32 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Minor Truffaut, minor pleasures, 23 August 2004
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

The restored 130-minute version of Two English Girls is something of a misfire but not without compensations. For a director who complained about the overly-literary nature of French cinema, his mise-en-scene is very clumsy here, with excessive use of narration not just to fill in gaps but to tell us the characters thoughts and feelings during scenes where, had he done his job properly, we should know. At times it threatens to become a slideshow accompaniment to a book reading.

The plot ambles along directionlessly as Jean-Pierre Leaud's selfish young Frenchman selfishly destroys two sisters' lives without ever finding happiness himself. It's very much fantasy-fulfilment, with the two embodying Madonna and Whore and at times threatens to turn into a distaff Jules et Jim as everyone is oh so civilized about it all. The casting is also problematic. Kika Markham is fine as the free-spirit of sorts, but Stacey Tendeter is less effective as her 'purer' sister and the casting of the minor British roles is haphazard at best - David Markham is fine as a fortune teller, but the next-door neighbour is not exactly a natural actor and one scene features a London Bobby who looks about as English as Raimu on a particularly jowelly day.

It's one of those films that always seems to be on for another hour no matter how far into it you get, and it doesn't reward the effort with more than minor pleasures. But it is nice to see composer Georges Delerue in a small role as an estate agent and for all its clumsiness and overlength it has its moments and a mildly affecting ending. It's just a shame getting there took so long.

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