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Paul Morand (novel)
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Release Date:
14 November 1938 (USA) See more »
As the title would suggest, La Mort du Cygne (The Death of the Swan) is set in the high art world of ballet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Yvette Chauviré ... Mademoiselle Beaupré (as Yvette Chauviré première danseuse de l'Opéra)
Mia Slavenska ... Nathalie Karine (as Mia Slavenska danseuse étoile du Théâtre National de Yougoslavie)
Janine Charrat ... Rose Souris
France Ellys ... Madame Souris (as France-Ellys)
Jean Périer ... Le directeur
Mady Berry ... Célestine
Suzanne Guémard ... L'inspectrice
Mauricette Cebron ... Le maîtresse de danse (Professeur à l'Opéra)
Claire Gérard ... Madame Bijou
Jacqueline Quéffelec ... Coco Battut (as Jacqueline Queffelec)
Micheline Boudet ... Clara Bijou
Florence Luchaire ... Flo-Flo
Claude Naudès ... La Mouche (as Claude Naud)
Marguerite Bailly ... Madame Battut
O. Boboli ... Madame Laroche
Pierre Duprez ... Le maîtrise de ballet de l'Opéra (as Pierre Duprez de l'Opéra)
André Pernet ... Méphisto (as André Pernet de l'Opéra)
Maurice Baquet ... Le machiniste (as Maurice Bacquet)
Guy Laine ... L'électricien (as Guy Lainé de l'Opéra)
Rolla Norman ... Jacques Moutiers (as Rolla-Norman)
Pierre Sarda ... Le régisseur
Edmond Beauchamp ... L'inspecteur
René Lord ... Un etonné
L'École de Danse Théâtre National de l'Opéra ... Ballet company (as Le corps de ballet l'école de danse Théâtre National de l'Opéra)

Directed by
Jean Benoît-Lévy 
Writing credits
Paul Morand (novella)

Jean Benoît-Lévy (screenplay) and
Marie Epstein (screenplay)

Jean Benoît-Lévy (dialogue) and
Marie Epstein (dialogue)

Original Music by
Claude Delvincourt 
J.E. Szyfer 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel  (as L.H. Burel)
Henri Tiquet 
Production Design by
Lucien Carré  (as L. Carré)
Raymond Nègre  (as Nègre)
Production Management
T. Brouquière .... production manager
Maurice Orienter .... production manager
Art Department
Georgette Cartigny .... set dresser
Sound Department
Robert Teisseire .... sound (as Teisseire)
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Music Department
Ginette Martenot .... musical director (as Martenot)
Nicolas Stein .... musician: piano
Other crew
Serge Lifar .... choreographer
Léone Mail .... assistant choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La mort du cygne" - France (original title)
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France:100 min | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1938)

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Featured in Ballets Russes (2005)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Rat Souris, 18 August 2011
Author: dbdumonteil

It's extraordinary such an obscure French movie can already have two reviews .

Jean -Benoit Levy is completely forgotten in his native France ,even his masterpiece "La Maternelle" which is ,like "La Mort Du Cygne" ,a collaboration with Marie Epstein who should be credited for the screenplay AND the directing.

"La Mort Du Cygne" is finally a cruel story,and the ending may seem immoral,considering "Le Petit Rat" (pupil of the opera ballet)Rose Souris (=mouse!)has broken a ballerina's career (for a dancer ,it is some kind of death).And the girl is a teenager ,no longer a little child .After her crime (she intentionally caused an accident on stage),her idol tells her that dance is not everything ; she is actually looking for love .

There are many ballets ,including a very beautiful one by the Petits Rats .

It is a subject which is very rare in the FRench cinema ;in the sixties,actress Odette Joyeux would make a nice miniseries called "L'Age Heureux" featuring pupils of the Opera De Paris ballet class.

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