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Writers:
Georges Simenon (based on the novel by)
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13 October 1971 (France) See more »
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Her youth has been spent working for a farm family, being raped by father and son, marrying the son who has now left her a happy widow... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not a classic, but a fine 'little' film See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alain Delon ... Jean Lavigne

Simone Signoret ... Veuve Couderc Tati
Ottavia Piccolo ... Félicie
Jean Tissier ... Henri
Monique Chaumette ... Françoise
Boby Lapointe ... Désiré
Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Pierre Collet ... Le commissaire Mallet
Robert Favart
André Rouyer ... Policeman
François Valorbe ... Le colonel croix-de-feu

Directed by
Pierre Granier-Deferre 
 
Writing credits
Georges Simenon (based on the novel by)

Pierre Granier-Deferre (adaptation) and
Pascal Jardin (adaptation)

Pascal Jardin (dialogue)

Produced by
Raymond Danon .... producer
Maurice Jacquin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Wottitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jean Ravel 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles Merangel 
 
Costume Design by
Jacques Cottin (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Maud Begon .... makeup artist
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
Jacqueline Juillard .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Alain Belmondo .... unit manager
Lionel de Sousa .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Delon .... second assistant director
Philippe Lefebvre .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert André .... assistant art director
Georges Glon .... assistant art director
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Yvan Dacquay .... sound assistant
Jean Labussière .... sound
Alex Pront .... sound mixer: S.I.S. - Le Garenne
Jean Rieul .... sound mixer: S.I.S. - Le Garenne
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Valery Ivanow .... assistant camera (as Valéry Ivanow)
Yves Pouffary .... assistant camera
Victor Rodrigue .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Michèle Robert-Lauliac .... assistant editor (as Michèle Robert)
 
Music Department
Jean-Michel Defaye .... orchestration
William Flageollet .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nicole Cateux .... administrator
Odette Darrigol .... production secretary
Mauricette Laglasse .... administrator
Hélène Sébillotte .... script girl
Henri Vergnes .... location manager
 

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Hungary:90 min | West Germany:89 min | USA:92 min | Argentina:92 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not a classic, but a fine 'little' film, 9 June 2008
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

1971's La Veuve Couderc aka The Widow Couderc is a small but effective adaptation of a Georges Simenon novel uniting Alain Delon and Simone Signoret in a doomed romance in a less than idyllic provincial farm in the mid-30s. Rather than the whodunnits the author is most famous for, it's a character piece, with Delon's escaped convict taking a job as handyman on Signoret's farm and drifting into an affair with her that doesn't stop him having a fling with the local good-time-had-by-all girl next door. Between neighborhood gossip and Signoret's neighbors and former in-laws' determination to get her farm by hook or by crook, there are no prizes for guessing it'll end badly for all concerned. It's certainly strange to see Le Pen supporter Delon in a film that makes a few passing jabs at pre-WW2 French fascism even if the film is more concerned with people than politics. Director Pierre Granier-Deferre good eye for detail and there's a nice, wistful score from Philippe Sarde that plays like a more restrained dry run for his more overtly romantic work on La Choses de la Vie.

Sadly the subtitling in LionsGate's new DVD goes spectacularly off in the final caption, which is not only horribly mistranslated but even manages to change the year 1922 into 1992!

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