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Henri Bernstein (play)
Alain Resnais (adaptation)
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Release Date:
3 September 1986 (France) See more »
In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who's the wife of an old friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
(3 articles)
Cannes: Sabine Azema named Caméra d’or jury president
 (From ScreenDaily. 5 May 2015, 4:38 AM, PDT)

Alain Resnais obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 2 March 2014, 4:05 PM, PST)

"The Ice Storm," "Mélo"
 (From IFC. 1 April 2008, 6:53 AM, PDT)

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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
Henri Bernstein (play)

Alain Resnais (adaptation)

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Catherine Lapoujade .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philippe-Gérard  (as M. Philippe-Gérard)
Cinematography by
Charles Van Damme  (as Charlie Van Damme)
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Christophe Carita .... hair stylist: Azema
Dominique de Vorges .... makeup artist
Sylvie Mathevet .... hair stylist
Production Management
Catherine Lapoujade .... production manager
Dominique Toussaint .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Florence Malraux .... assistant director
Philippe Worms .... second assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Galliard .... property master
Philippe Turlure .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Jocelyne Cartier-Stern .... post-synchronization (as Jocelyne Cartier)
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Gérard Manneveau .... foley artist
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Henri Morelle .... sound
Olivier Villette .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Biré .... grip
Gilbert Duhalde .... camera operator
François Hernandez .... second assistant camera
Alain Huylebroeck .... electrician
Eric Kerbiriou .... grip
Thierry Labille .... electrician
Bernard Largemain .... key grip
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
Jean-Louis Sonzogni .... apprentice camera operator
Luigi Bisioli .... gaffer (uncredited)
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny E. Davidson .... apprentice costumer
Hélène Robin .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... associate editor
Thomas Bouffioulx .... digital intermediate - restoration
Martine Fleury .... assistant editor
Other crew
Vladimir Barjansky .... warranty
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais .... production administrator
Marguerite Lemarchand .... production secretary
Jean-Michel Nicollet .... stage curtain creator
Jean-Pierre Nossereau .... location manager
Georges Pansu .... title designer
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Caroline Thivel .... script supervisor trainee
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Movie Connections:
Version of Der träumende Mund (1932)See more »
Sonate pour violon et piano en sol majeur, Op 78See more »


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staging a movie, 5 December 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

The title is a chic abbreviation for 'melodrama', of which there's no shortage in this urbane period piece about a lovelorn musician enjoying an affair with the wife of his best friend. Director Alain Resnais makes no attempt to open up Henry Bernstein's 1929 stage play or hide its theatrical trappings, going so far as to fade in and out of a shot of closed curtains between each 'act'. The story offers plenty of food for thought, but the nuances of each relationship are undermined by the often dry and detached script readings, punctuated by moments of deliberate histrionic overkill, most of them provided by (an all-too animated) Sabine Azema, playing the wife of one man and mistress to another. Nevertheless it's a welcome return to Earth for an erstwhile pioneer of some of the most opaque French New Wave cinema, showing a subtlety rare even for such highbrow entertainment.

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