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The Green Room (1978)

La chambre verte (original title)
PG | | Drama | 5 April 1978 (France)
A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago. He gathered in the green room all Julie's objects. When a fire destroys ... See full summary »

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Julien Davenne
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Cecilia Mandel
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Bernard Humbert
Patrick Maléon ...
Georges
Jeanne Lobre ...
Mme Rambaud (as Jane Lobre)
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Bishop's secretary
Jean-Pierre Moulin ...
Gerard Mazet
Serge Rousseau ...
Paul Masigny
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
Priest in the mortuary room
Annie Miller ...
Genevieve Mazet
Nathan Miller ...
Genevieve Mazet's son
Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville ...
Yvonne Mazet (as Marie Jaoul)
Monique Dury ...
Monique
Laurence Ragon ...
Marcel Berbert ...
Dr. Jardine
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A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago. He gathered in the green room all Julie's objects. When a fire destroys the room, he renovates a little chapel and devotes it to Julie and his other dead persons. Written by Yepok

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In the Green Room everyone can hear you scream. But no one will help.

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Trivia

The photos on the chapel wall consist of François Truffaut's friends and idols, such as Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Jean Cocteau, Guillaume Apollinaire, Oscar Wilde and Henry James, the author of the story on which the film is based, as well as Maurice Jaubert, whose music is used in the film. See more »

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Julien Davenne: How can the dead hope to remain if they aren't remembered by those who survived?
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Featured in François Truffaut: Portraits volés (1993) See more »

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Somber, great
31 August 2000 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I totally disagree with Maltin. Truffaut's The Green Room was destined not to be a crowd pleaser: unlike his most famous films celebrating life (Jules and Jim being the most obvious example) the film is serious in tone and deals with death, Truffaut himself playing the death-obsessed newspaperman.

The Green Room is nonetheless a very impressive film; the questions of the forms of love, life versus death, possession and the remembrance of those who have passed away are treated both intellectually (but not in an 'artsy' or artificial way) and emotionally (but not in a melodramatic way despite an interwoven love story).

The film is surprisingly short and the ending comes even a bit abruptly, so contrary to possible expectations it is not long and dull. The Green Room reminded me of The Magnificent Ambersons and (John Huston's) The Dead, which are also films to be recommended.


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