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The Red Inn (1923)

L'auberge rouge (original title)
Based on the story by Honoré de Balzac. Caught in a storm, two young doctors book into an inn for the night and find themselves sharing a room with a Dutch diamond merchant. During the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Prosper Magnan
... La Fille de L'Aubergiste
Jean-David Évremond ... Frédéric Taillefer
Pierre Hot ... L'Aubergiste
Jacques Christiany ... André
Robert Tourneur ... Herman
Schmitt ... Victorine
Madame Delaunay ... La Sorcière
Clairette de Savoye ... La Femme de L'Aubergiste (as de Savoye)
Thomy Bourdelle ... Le Hollandais
... Juge
Henri Barat ... Juge
André Volbert ... Juge
Luc Dartagnan ... Joueur D'Accordéon
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Léon Courtois ... (as Courtois)
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Based on the story by Honoré de Balzac. Caught in a storm, two young doctors book into an inn for the night and find themselves sharing a room with a Dutch diamond merchant. During the night Prosper steals from the merchant, but when he awakes in the morning he finds the merchant dead and his friend gone. When the stolen property is found on him he is arrested for the crime and executed. 25 years later the innkeeper's daughter relates the tale to a traveler, who in turn later relates it at a dinner party. At that party is Frederic Taillefer, the missing friend and murderer. Written by Anonymous

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A great, rare French silent
21 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Director Jean Epstein slowly builds a mood of tension and dread in this great, rare French silent. Extensive, offbeat use of close-ups (unusual for its day), and less-broad acting than you often see in silent movies, add to the suspense of Balzac's tale of temptation and injustice, told as an after-dinner story that becomes much, much more. The film, just over an hour long, holds up well and leaves a lasting impression. It is rarely seen in the U.S., but the Harvard Film Archive has an excellent print.


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