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The Story of Adele H -- Halifax, 1863. A young woman, miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, whom she is madly in love with. Actually, she is Adele Hugo, the second daughter of the great French poet.


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François Truffaut (screenplay) &
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8 October 1975 (France) See more »
Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Isabelle Adjani ... Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewly

Bruce Robinson ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffroy Crook ... George, servant at Johnstone's (uncredited)
Chantal Durpoix ... Young whore (uncredited)
Raymond Falla ... Judge Johnstone (uncredited)
David Foote ... David, a young boy (uncredited)
Jacques Frejabue ... Cabinetmaker (uncredited)
Carl Hathwell ... Lt. Pinson's Batman (uncredited)
Edward J. Jackson ... O'Brien (uncredited)
Aurelia Mansion ... Widow with dog (uncredited)
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... Madmoiselle Tilly, assistant of hypnotist (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Officer (uncredited)
Ralph Williams ... Canadian (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (screenplay) &
Jean Gruault (screenplay) &
Suzanne Schiffman (screenplay)

Frances Vernor Guille (collaboration) (as Frances V. Guille)

Adèle Hugo (diary)

Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Martine Barraqué  (as Martine Barraque)
Yann Dedet 
Jean Gargonne 
Michèle Neny  (as Michele Neny)
Muriel Zeleny 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko  (as Jean-Pierre Kohut)
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Guyot 
Makeup Department
Chantal Durpoix .... hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist (as Thi-Loan N'Guyen)
Production Management
Marcel Berbert .... production manager
Claude Miller .... production manager
Patrick Millet .... unit manager
Roland Thénot .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Hathwell .... second assistant director
Suzanne Schiffman .... assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Braunschweig .... property master
Sound Department
Michel Laurent .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... assistant camera
Charlie Freess .... key grip (as Charles Freess)
Jean-Claude Gasché .... chief electrician (as Jean-Claude Gasche)
Dominique Le Rigoleur .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Rivière .... assistant camera (as Jean-Claude Riviere)
Music Department
Maurice Jaubert .... music by
Patrice Mestral .... conductor
Jacques Noureddine .... performer: sax solo
François Porcile .... musical consultant
Other crew
Jan Dawson .... translator
Christine Pellé .... script supervisor (as Christine Pelle)
Georges Aminel .... voice (uncredited)
Carol McDaid .... thanks (as Carol Mc Daid Seib)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'histoire d'Adèle H." - France (original title)
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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

In 1988, Isabelle Adjani played the title role in Camille Claudel (1988), playing another historical character who suffered from schizophrenia. A major scene in that movie depicts the announcement of the death of Victor Hugo, Adele Hugo's father.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 1863See more »
Adèle Hugo:I'm your wife. Forever. We'll stay together until we die.See more »


What does the Gitlis say to his Chinese assistant (in Hebrew)?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A story of obsessive love, 3 June 2001
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Isabelle Adjani plays the title role, that of Adele Hugo, daughter of the great French writer, a woman obsessively in love with an English army lieutenant who doesn't want her. The scene is Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the time of the American Civil War. She has followed Lt. Pinson (Bruce Robinson) from her home in exile on the island of Guernsey to be with him even though he has rejected her. Adjani's sensuous beauty and her intense and passionate nature command the screen and we are drawn to identify with her as she spirals toward madness as her abject pleas of love are unrequited. We watch as she debases herself in every way possible in a desperate attempt to gain Pinson's love, even to the point of giving him to other women. She is psychologically pleased with this because she thinks it shows that her love for him transcends sexuality. Of course the nature of obsessive love is always entirely selfish. If you really love someone who doesn't want you, you have to let them go. But of course she cannot.

Francois Truffaut directed and did a fine job of getting the most out of his young star. The maddening nature of obsession is well depicted and the story is focused and unfolds at a deliberate pace. Noteworthy is the setting itself, a cold and remote clime so that Adele is in isolation from her home, family and friends with little to do or think about every day except her obsession. It is easy to see how something like this can lead to complete madness.

Memorable is a little story within the larger tale, that of the fraudulent hypnotist whom Adele thinks might be able to turn Pinson's indifference into love.

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