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Release Date:
5 January 1972 (France) See more »
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
Annie Girardot obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 1 March 2011, 4:01 PM, PST)

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A film about lonely people with two great French actors: Annie Girardot and Philippe Noiret. See more (5 total) »


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Annie Girardot ... Muriel Bouchon

Philippe Noiret ... Gabriel Marcassus

Marthe Keller ... Vicka

Edith Scob ... Edith, Monod's wife
Catherine Samie ... Clotilde

Maria Schneider ... Mome
Lorenza Guerrieri ... Punaisa
Albert Simono ... Daniel (as Simono)
Claudine Assera ... La servante
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Sacha

Michael Lonsdale ... Monod (as Michel Lonsdale)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giulia Salvatori ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Blanc 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Blanc 

Produced by
Raymond Danon .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Film Editing by
Hélène Plemiannikov 
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marco Pico .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lucien Yvonnet .... sound mixer
Other crew
Charles L. Bitsch .... technical advisor (as Charles Bitsch)

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Also Known As:
"La vieille fille" - France (original title)
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85 min
Color (Technicolor)
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A film about lonely people with two great French actors: Annie Girardot and Philippe Noiret., 19 April 2013
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

Jean Pierre Blanc is not a very famous name for most viewers who have seen French films.However,after watching "La Vieille Fille"/The Old Maid it is hoped that audiences interested in serious cinema would be tempted to discover not only Jean Piere Blanc and his films but also many other unknown directors who have made meaningful,entertaining films.The theme of lonely people depicted in "The Old Maid" remains relevant even for contemporary audiences.However,the major difference is that the films about lonely people of the past relied more on imagination whereas the same films set in present times tend to be based on gimmicks and hype.By giving roles to Annie Girardot and Philippe Noiret,two of French cinema's most talented as well as known faces,a tender look at male/female relationships has been cast.Although the film is about some secondary characters with weak qualities,there is absolutely no hint of any mocking tone.Lastly,some sensitive observations about various facets of life especially in the context of human relations and love have been honestly presented in this film.This is a film to be watched if one is patient enough to let human sentiments rule over human reason.

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