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François Truffaut (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
8 October 1975 (France) See more »
Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:You are so handsome, Albert. You deserve to have all the women on Earth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) (TV)See more »


What does the Gitlis say to his Chinese assistant (in Hebrew)?
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
beautiful but tormented, 30 December 2007
Author: jlwalker19-1 from United States

I don't know how historically accurate this film is. However, it is a very powerful performance by Isabelle Adjani. In this movie she is simply one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.

She plays the tormented daughter of Victor Hugo. She follows her love to Newfoundland, as he has been transferred there by his country's military authorities. He has broken off the engagement. However she pursues him relentlessly.

Very few films can match this one in the portrayal of obsessive love. The scenery is very beautiful and the acting performances very convincing.

I've heard this has been deemed a kind of cult film, for a certain following. I would think it would have broader appeal. It speaks to the hearts of millions of people who have become obsessive in their love for another person who does not return the feeling. A kind of ultimate unrequited love.

I could watch this movie anytime, over and over.

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