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Maria Chapdelaine (1934)

A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maria Chapdelaine (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
... Laura Chapdelaine
Gaby Triquet ... Alma-Rose Chapdelaine
Maximilienne ... Azelma Larouche (as Maximilienne Max)
... François Paradis
... Lorenzo Surprenant
André Bacqué ... Samuel Chapdelaine (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Alexandre Rignault ... Eutrope Gagnon
... Le curé
... Tit-Sèbe, le rebouteux
Thomy Bourdelle ... Esdras Chapdelaine
... Le docteur
Émile Genevois ... Tit-Bé Chapdelaine
... Nazaire Larouche
Pierre Laurel ... Ephrem Surprenant
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A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an immigrant from Paris. Written by Steven Dhuey <walloon@mailbag.com>

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24 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Folket från de stora vidderna  »

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There are two cast lists in the title credits. The first one only lists the 6 main players as follows: Madeleine Renaud (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Aumont, André Bacqué (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Alexandre Rignault and Suzanne Desprès. Then a full cast list details all female players along with their respective character names, followed by the male cast (also with the names of their characters). See more »

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Maria can be seen picking blueberries in a tree. See more »

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Version of The Naked Heart (1950) See more »

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Dedicated to you Oystein....
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

...you who love the French culture and without whom I could not have written these comments on Duvivier's earlier films which I had not seen for years.

"Maria Chapdelaine " is Canadian,you're going to tell me.But Duvivier almost treated Hémon's book as a musical.And all the songs we can hear are part (with the exception of "Alouette" ,pure Canadian stuff,but which is popular in France too)of the French national heritage.Songs of love "A la Claire Fontaine",François Paradis's favorite, country songs ("Marianne s'en Va-t-Au -Moulin" ), naughty ditties (the delightful "Son Voile qui Volait") ,Christmas carols ("Minuit Chrétiens "(aka "O Holy Night" ) and "IL est Né Le Divin Infant")and more more....

More a chronicle than a real story,"Maria Chapdelaine" is one of the rare Duvivier movies which do not feature villains.No evil here but people who have to struggle hard all their life against a hostile nature (the horse falling in the snow is a beautiful metaphor) ;the only culture they get is religion ("Maria ,if you say 1,000 "Ave Maria" before Xmas,your dream will come true") or superstition (the bonesetter).Gabin's first part (and it will not be the last!)in a Duvivier's movie:Duvivier really MADE Gabin.Jean-Pierre Aumont appears in a part of a young man who has moved to the city.

The cinematography is dazzling (even is the copy is as awful as you said ,Oystein):they say Ingmar Bergman used to dissect Duvivier's works.


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