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La terre (1921)

As Jean is walking across the countryside in search of work, he helps and befriends a young woman, Françoise, who is having trouble controlling the cow that she is leading. Jean finds work ... See full summary »

Director:

André Antoine

Writers:

André Antoine, Émile Zola (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Armand Bour ... Père Fouan
René Alexandre ... Jean Macquart - un ouvrier agricole
Germaine Rouer Germaine Rouer ... Françoise
Jean Hervé Jean Hervé ... Louis Buteau
Émile Mylo Émile Mylo ... Hyacinthe dit Jésus-Christ (as Milo)
Berthe Bovy Berthe Bovy ... La Trouille
Jeanne Briey Jeanne Briey ... Lise
Jeanne Grumbach ... La Cognette
Emile Desjardins Emile Desjardins ... Un berger
Max Charlier Max Charlier ... Becu
René Hiéronimus René Hiéronimus ... Nenesse
Armand Numès
Léon Malavier Léon Malavier
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As Jean is walking across the countryside in search of work, he helps and befriends a young woman, Françoise, who is having trouble controlling the cow that she is leading. Jean finds work at a local farm, but he soon finds himself caught in the middle of the conflicts in Françoise's family. Her uncle Fouan has just decided to divide everything that he has amongst his two sons and his daughter, hoping that he can then spend the rest of his life at ease. But the details of the division only create bitterness, rivalry, and intrigue. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 July 1926 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

La Terre See more »

Filming Locations:

Beauce, Eure-et-Loir, France See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Frères See more »
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Real-life peasants were hires as extras to add to the realism of the movie. See more »

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for fans of silent cinema it is certainly recommendable
8 June 2004 | by chris millerSee all my reviews

french silent film that uses the plot of king lear as a launching pad. an old father and his wife are unable to work their farm anymore so they split their land between their children. instead of war ensuing, the children become cruel towards their parents and greed consumes them. it's filmed in a pretty straight-forward way, it uses mostly middle range and close-up shots. characters are introduced with a mid shot and then typically given a full face shot. acting is more reserved than many of the typical expressionistic silent films of the early film age. it's black and white through most of the film, but does us some tinting - blue for the night scenes and one snowfall scene (to great effect) and red for an indoor candlelit scene (again to good effect). themes such as the circularity of life, greed, love, and mother nature are addressed. it's a finely layered film with some comic elements and solid storytelling. it's not for most casual filmgoers, but for fans of silent cinema is certainly recommendable. B.


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