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The Story of Adele H (1975)
"L'histoire d'Adèle H." (original title)

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Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

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Complete credited cast:
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Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewly
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Lt Albert Pinson
Sylvia Marriott ...
Mrs. Saunders
Joseph Blatchley ...
Mr. Whistler
Ivry Gitlis ...
Hypnotist
Louise Bourdet ...
Victor Hugo's servant
Cecil De Sausmarez ...
Mr. Lenoir
Ruben Dorey ...
Mr. Saunders
Clive Gillingham ...
Keaton
Roger Martin ...
Doctor Murdock
M. White ...
Colonel White (as Mr White)
Madame Louise ...
Madame Baa
Jean-Pierre Leursse ...
Black penpusher
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Halifax, 1863. A young woman, Miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, with whom she is madly in love. Actually, she is Adèle Hugo, the second daughter of the great French literary figure and statesman. The Lt Pinson does not answer to her love and makes her understand it is hopeless. But as her obsession grows she keeps chasing and harassing him. This film about passionate yet obsessive love and self-destruction is based upon the real diary of Adèle Hugo. Written by Yepok

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Initially planned as a grand-scale spectacular drama with Jeanne Moreau to play the lead, then Catherine Deneuve (then having an affair with François Truffaut) was considered for the role. The film took 7 years to be made, and finally Truffaut decided on Isabelle Adjani whom he noticed on a TV broadcast of the Comédie Française: See more »

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The hypnotist has a plant in the audience pretending to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was not set up until a decade after the story's setting of 1863 See more »

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Adèle Hugo: I'm your wife. Forever. We'll stay together until we die.
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Any Young, Infatuated Person Should See This Film
6 March 2003 | by (Orange County, CA.) – See all my reviews

This movie is the nineteenth-century version of Fatal Attraction - only much more disturbing because it really happened. Plus, the psychology of the Glenn Close character and Adele Hugo is totally different: the Close character was a disturbed psychopath to begin with, but Adele Hugo was an educated and talented individual who makes one ponder at length about why she lost her sanity over this man and did these unfathomable things. It is all the more strange when one thinks that this kind of behavior was so rare in that day and age, unlike today and the commonality of "stalkers."

Adele's behavior is explained by the nightmares she has, and the story she relates to the landlady, of the death of her older sister. Apparently, the sister, Leopoldine, was much more beloved than Adele, to the point of her parents' keeping shrines in the house of Leopoldine's old dresses after she died. Adele dreams of herself drowning in place of her sister - something she believes her parents would have preferred. Thus, she obsesses with finding a man to marry - not only to separate herself from her parents, but also to bestow the love that she feels has always been lacking from them.

Throughout the movie, the viewer is transfixed, gaping, at the action on the screen because the things this woman does in regards to her obsession with making this man, who can't stand her, love and marry her are unbelievable. After awhile, the viewer just wants to strangle Adele, however, because the blatant denial she is in becomes EXTREMELY frustrating! One just finally wants to beat some sense into her, bind and gag her, and throw her onto the first ship back to Guernsey!! The patience of the poor, long-suffering "lover" is a lesson to us all: I am sure that he lay in bed at night thinking of all sorts of ways to kill her, but didn't. I don't think that I would have had that kind of self-control!

Anyway, it's a good movie for any young person who is vulnerable to obsession with relationships - it makes one think more than twice! The only question I have is: Why was the main character suddenly seen wearing glasses only in the last third of the movie?


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