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Mother (1925)

Visages d'enfants (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 1925 (Germany)
A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Jacques Feyder (scenario), Françoise Rosay
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Forest Jean Forest ... Jean Amsler, der Sohn
Victor Vina Victor Vina ... Pierre Amsler, der Vater
Pierrette Houyez Pierrette Houyez ... Pierrette Amsler, die Tochter
Jeanne Marie-Laurent Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... La domestique
Rachel Devirys ... Jeanne Dutois, zweite Frau Amslers
Henri Duval Henri Duval ... Le Canonier
Arlette Peyran Arlette Peyran ... Arlette Dutois, die Stieftochter
Suzy Vernon ... La mère de Jean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Barrois Charles Barrois
F. Greffin F. Greffin
P. Lecoq P. Lecoq
Arturo Porchet Arturo Porchet ... Le prêtre (as Arthur Porchet)
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A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, resents his father's new wife, not wanting her to take the place of his beloved mother, and makes life miserable for his new stepsister.. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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The film was an artistic success but a terrible commercial failure, causing the bankruptcy of Mundus Film. As for de Zoubaloff, he moved into the radio set selling while Porchet became the technical manager of the Swiss Film Office. See more »

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Revolutionary
20 August 2014 | by lreynaertSee all my reviews

'Faces of children' is an astonishing picture, based on an original screenplay by J. Feyder and his wife, F. Rosay. It is a major masterpiece in the history of the 7th art. Its main theme is the bond between a mother and her child even after the mother's death. The editing is fascinating: one frame cuts (a technique later used by D. Vertov and A. Resnais) to evoke an obsessive dream, and the cutting and mixing of two scenes in order to enhance the dramatic tension. Other elements are fetishism (see L. Buñuel) and the bringing to life of a portrait in order to stress the unconscious emotional bond between mother and child. The directing of the children is simply superb. Akira Kurosawa explained it later so wonderfully: art is not the expression of (the artist's) personal emotions, but the engendering of emotions in the heart of the spectator.The latter should really share the joys and pains of the characters on the screen. Therefore, the directing must be focused on doing things 'naturally'. Jacques Feyder knew this all important message instinctively. He was a real master of Art.

This all important masterpiece is a must see for all movie buffs.


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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

1925 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Faces of Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Luc, Valais, Switzerland See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Nederlands Filmmuseum) | (2004 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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