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Le destin exécrable de Guillemette Babin (1948)

Being born a witch's daughter did not bode well for your future in the Middle Ages. Guillaumette tries to stay on the straight and narrow with a little help from a priest she visits.

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Héléna Bossis ...
Guillemette Babin
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Jean-François Pasquier
Germaine Kerjean ...
Radegonde, la mère de Guillemette
Palmyre Levasseur ...
Dame Pasquier
Édouard Delmont ...
Maître Pierre Pasquier
Francette Vernillat ...
Guillemette enfant
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Étienne
Jean Davy ...
Le procureur Salavert
Renaud Mary ...
Charles Perrin
Jacky Flynt ...
Mathilde
Colette Fleuriot ...
Clotilde
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Maître Nicolas
Alfred Baillou ...
Le geôlier
Jacques Dufilho ...
Un moine (as Dufilho)
Sylvain ...
L'idiot
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Being born a witch's daughter did not bode well for your future in the Middle Ages. Guillaumette tries to stay on the straight and narrow with a little help from a priest she visits ,She works as a servant and sets her heart on the son of the house ,while her master woos her assiduously.The young man commits suicide but she marries the latter.On the very night of her wedding,the infamous girl leaves the conjugal bed - one must notice that her husband could easily be her grandfather- to attend (and take part in) a Sabbath. Written by dbdumonteil

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15 October 1948 (France)  »

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Maldição das Trevas  »

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Vredens dag/Day of wrath
5 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

The word "execrable" (which has the same meaning in English) is never used for a title of a movie .Perhaps the director wanted to warn the audience ,to urge them not to follow in his heroine 's steps ;and maybe to clear his name because of the censorship ;which did not prevent the Office Catholique Du Cinema from forbidding their flock the movie.

Being born a witch's daughter did not bode well for your future in the Middle Ages .However much Guillaumette tries to stay on the straight and narrow with a little help from a priest she visits ,what's bred in the bone comes out in the flesh.On the very night of her wedding,the infamous girl leaves the conjugal bed - one should say that her hubby could easily be her grandfather- to attend (and take part in) an execrable sabbath;this long sequence with topless women provoked an angry response from the well-meaning people ;it was rather risqué for the time.The director astutely allowed some doubt to remain about the reality of the event and thus (modestly) predated Roman Polanski's own ceremony in "Rosemary's baby" .

Too bad the director was not really up to scratch cause there was an original subject;too bad highly talented Germaine Kerjean disappeared after ten minutes ....nothing here to match Val Lewton's productions ,just a curiosity lost in the French cinema of the late forties .


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