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The Emigrant (1940)

L'émigrante (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwige Feuillère ...
Christiane Vallier
François Champart
Georges Lannes ...
Foun-Sen ...
L'Annamite aux béquilles (as Fouen-Sen)
Palmyre Levasseur ...
La religieuse de l'hospice de Lisbonne (as Palmyre Bermont)
Jacques Vitry ...
Le commissaire
Un émigrant (as Van Daele)
Philippe Richard ...
Le médecin-chef
Serge Nadaud ...
Un officier
Marcel Pérès ...
Gaston - un émigrant (as Marcel Peres)
Marcel Duhamel
Robert Brunet
Paul Lluís ...
(as Paul Lhuis)
Génia Vaury ...
Madame Vermeersch


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Release Date:

14 March 1940 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A menekülö asszony  »

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1.37 : 1
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....But my hand was made strong by the hand of the Allmighty
24 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

In Leo Joannon's filmography,"L'Emigrante " set a pattern for his movies "of redemption" of the fifties,the likes of "Le Défroqué" ,"Le Désert De Pigalle" or "Le Secret De Sœur Angèle ":life of sin, and before death strikes ,back on the straight and narrow and presto!the sinner becomes a saint.

For an actress such as Edwige Feuillère ,it's a far cry from Max Ophuls !She portrays a woman who loves jewels and is a gangster's lover.When he takes her precious necklace ,she gives him away to the police .

Fearing his vengeance,she sails away to South Africa ,where many emigrants intend to work in the mines there.

A lot of scenes are so extravagant they make the movie,like the works I mention above ,quite entertaining: -the heroine ,seducing men ,first a poor unlucky human wreck (Pierre Larquey,an excellent actor who overplays in all his scenes ) ,then a handsome lieutenant(Jean Chevrier) on the boat who is demoted when the captain discovers she shares his cabin.

-the dormitories the emigrants pack into,their good camaraderie,in direct contrast with the luxury dining-room where the heroine eats her lunch alone (yes ,it's "titanic" in miniature,without a wreck) -the wicked disabled Asiatic girl (isn't it a racist touch?),who informs the captain.

-the emigrants' rebellion,when they learn they are not the welcome in their new country and that they have to get back where they once belong.

-the heroine realizing that the handsome sailor sacrificed his career for her sake,and that she threw it all away ,that is to say the true love of a good man.

-her grand gesture ,her sacrifice,her salvation:"I'll will be with you all along your life till we meet again (in Heaven)"

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