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Cette vieille canaille (1933)

Vautier, a wealthy surgeon in his fifties, falls in love with Hélène, a young woman from a modest background. He allows her to have a string of short-lived lovers - but when Jean Trapeau, ... See full summary »

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Anatole Litvak
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Complete credited cast:
Harry Baur ... Guillaume Vautier / Professor Vautier
Pierre Blanchar ... Jean Trapeau
Alice Field ... Hélène
Paul Azaïs ... Jacques
Christiane Dor Christiane Dor ... Suzanne
Madeleine Geoffroy Madeleine Geoffroy ... Germaine
Pierre Stéphen Pierre Stéphen ... Le professeur d'histoire / Ein Hauslehrer
Madeleine Guitty ... La mère d'Hélène / Ihre Mutter
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Vautier, a wealthy surgeon in his fifties, falls in love with Hélène, a young woman from a modest background. He allows her to have a string of short-lived lovers - but when Jean Trapeau, an old boyfriend, resurfaces, things get complicated. Written by Cyrille

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Walking on a wire
16 September 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

One of the first Litvak French movies ,"Cette Vieille Canaille" stars Harry Baur ,who was Julien Duvivier's favorite interpret at the time.He portrays an old wealthy man ,in love with a woman much younger than he is.His rival is an acrobat (Pierre Blanchar).Realizing his wife is only with him for the money,he urges her to go with his younger partner.

The best scenes are to be found at the end,particularly those in the theater where Blanchar and his pal perform somersaults .The operation is also a good moment,with a good use of superimposed pictures.

However Litvak's following films "Coeur de Lilas" "L'Equipage" and "Mayerling" were improvements on this one which has remained watchable for Baur's performance.

Like this?try this

"La Foire Aux Chimères" Pierre Chenal 1945


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Devil See more »

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Cipar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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