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Michel Breitman (novel)
Alex Joffé (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 November 1960 (France) See more »
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Bourvil ... Noël Fortunat

Michèle Morgan ... Juliette Valcourt
Teddy Bilis ... Sam Falk
Rosy Varte ... Rosette Falk
Patrick Millow ... Pierrot Valcourt
Frédéric Mitterrand ... Maurice Valcourt (as Frédéric Robert)
Albertine Sarov ... Myriam Falk
Jean-Marie Amato ... Monsieur Tonio, the jeweller
Denise Carvenne ... Mme Dubroc
André Cellier ... Un résistant
Nicole Chollet ... L'institutrice
Pierre Doris ... M. Dubroc
Claire Duhamel ... La secrétaire de mairie
Maurice Garrel ... L'inspecteur de la milice / Milice Inspector (as Maurice Garel)
Jacques Harden ... Le résistant dans le cimetière
Jacques Jeannet
Mag-Avril ... La dame dans le cimetière
Pierre Mirat ... Un milicien
Alain Morat (as Bibi Morat)
Pierre Parel
Alan Scott ... Tom
François Valorbe

Gaby Morlay ... Émilienne Massillon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daxely ... (uncredited)
Guy Delorme ... Un Allemand (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk ... Un milicien (uncredited)
Francis Lax ... L'évadé du pont (uncredited)

Jean Martin ... Un croque-mort (uncredited)
Roger Rudel ... Un milicien (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Joffé 
Writing credits
Michel Breitman (novel)

Alex Joffé (screenplay)

Alex Joffé (dialogue)

Produced by
Robert Dorfmann .... producer
Original Music by
Denis Kieffer 
Cinematography by
Pierre Petit 
Film Editing by
Eric Pluet 
Production Design by
Henri Schmitt 
Production Management
Jacques Plante .... production manager
Sound Department
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound editor

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Also Known As:
"Fortunat" - France (original title)
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121 min
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Continuity: During the dialog between Miss Massillon and the "Resistant", about 7 minutes after the beginning of the film, the Resistant's beard has a tendency to appear and disappear between shots.See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
What New Wave?, 7 October 2012
Author: writers_reign from London, England

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

By far the best thing about this wonderful film is that it was made in 1960 right at the apex of the much vaunted new wave, the one that had pseuds and academics creaming in their pants and the one that lasted all of five minutes. Here Alex Joffe, little more than a journeyman writer- director reminds us that REAL film making is about PEOPLE and grammar - Master Shot, Long Shot, Mid Shot, Two-Shot, Close Shot, Close Up, Fade In, Fade Out, Dissolve, not shooting on the streets with a couple of mates and a hand-held camera, having your leading actor walk up the boulevard and then walk down again for no reason, crudely jump cutting because you don't know what a movieola is. It would be difficult to nominate two acting styles as disparate as Michele Morgan and Bourvil - Charles Laughton and Celia Johnson perhaps, or Dorothy McGuire and Rod Steiger. No matter, here the two leads manage to meld perfectly. As if to rub it in Joffe is going back 20 years to the Occupation and Morgan gets to wear the beret she wore in Quai des brumes. It's one of those very human stories with everything in, laughter, tears, tragedy, melodrama and it all works beautifully. In a touch of the Green Cards, Morgan is a middle-class lady with two young children and a husband involved with the Resistance who has been arrested. Bourvil is a poacher one rabbit short of a good night's work. Schoolteacher Gaby Morlay - another great pre-New Wave actress in an affecting cameo - brings them together, arranges fake papers including a marriage license and packs them off to Toulouse in the 'Free' Zone. There they sit out the war forging a bond not only with each other but also with the Jewish family who live next door. Inevitably there is only one ending; the war ends and Bourvil leaves. Bittersweet? In spades.

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