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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
Jean Dasté ...
Bernard Humbert
Patrick Maléon ...
Georges
Jeanne Lobre ...
Mme Rambaud (as Jane Lobre)
Antoine Vitez ...
Bishop's secretary
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Gerard Mazet
Serge Rousseau ...
Paul Masigny
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
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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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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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Morbid, Melancholic and Dark
21 September 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Eleven years after the end of World War I, in a small village in the East of France, the journalist Julien Davenne (François Truffaut) still grieves the death of his beloved wife Julie ten years ago. He worships Julie in a green room in his house decorated with her pictures and belongings. When he meets auctioneer's assistant Cecilia Mandel (Nathalie Baye) in an auction house, they see that they have in common the obsession for death and become close to each other. When a fire destroys his green room, Julien convinces the bishop to restore the local chapel and prepare it as a sanctuary for Julie and his dead friends to preserve their memories, while Cecilia falls in love for him, but Julien is dead inside.

"La Chambre Verte" is the darkest of the Truffault's movies that I have seen. The melancholic romance has a beautiful cinematography; has great performances with Truffault in the role of Julien Davenne, a man that writes obituaries in the dying newspaper Le Globe and most of his friends have already died, and the gorgeous Nathalie Baye as an old acquaintance that falls in love for him. But the story is extremely unpleasant and somber and I did not like it. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Quarto Verde" ("The Green Room")


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