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She Returned at Dawn (1938)

Retour à l'aube (original title)
Married to Karl Ammer, the station master of Thaya, a Hungarian quiet village, Anita is a pretty young peasant who feels deeply bored. She dreams of another life while watching the daily ... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Decoin
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Danielle Darrieux ... Anita Ammer
Pierre Dux ... Karl Ammer
Jacques Dumesnil ... Dick Farmer aka 'Keith'
Pierre Mingand ... Osten
Raymond Cordy ... Pali
Samson Fainsilber ... L'inspecteur Veber
Marcel Delaître Marcel Delaître ... Le commissaire (as Delaître)
Thérèse Dorny Thérèse Dorny ... La directrice de la maison de couture
Louis Florencie
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Un ami d'Osten
André Numès Fils André Numès Fils ... Le notaire (as Numes Fils)
Jacques Henley Jacques Henley ... Un ami d'Osten
Robert Ozanne Robert Ozanne ... Un voyageur
Yvonne Yma
Marcelle Barry Marcelle Barry
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Married to Karl Ammer, the station master of Thaya, a Hungarian quiet village, Anita is a pretty young peasant who feels deeply bored. She dreams of another life while watching the daily express trains to Budapest. An incident will force her to leave her province: she has to go to Budapest to attend the funeral of an aunt and receive a share of the inheritance. After completing the formalities, Anita misses the train to go back home and then she finds herself alone in the capital. Written by jsanchez

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Daring and Delicious!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Dans mon Coeur
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Danielle Darrieux
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Cinderella's got a brand new dress .
24 June 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Retour A l'Aube" belongs to Decoin's light-hearted rosy comedies but its last part foreshadows his brilliant series of films noirs in the forties,which he would continue in the following decade,with relatively less artistic success.

Sorry,Didier (the precedent user) but I do not think that it's one of the best works by Decoin.It takes place in a chocolate box Hungary ,where you pay ,as everyone past infancy must know,in Francs (!).The first scene (the wedding) is given a folk treatment complete with costumes and music ,but it does not fool people .

Darrieux portrays some kind of Hungarian (!) Madame Bovary ,whose marriage to a station master has left her a frustrated woman :she dreams of romanticism and the train she takes to get to the big city will allow her to become Cinderella for one night.

As I wrote above ,the most interesting thing about this okay movie is the elements of thriller which bursts into what was a charming dreamlike tale ;this is the key to Decoin's future as he will make his way through the forties ,with "L'Homme De Londres" "Les Inconnus Dans La Maison" and culminate with these overlooked desperate movies such as "La Fille Du Diable" (IMHO ,his masterpiece)or ""Les Amants Du Pont Saint-Jean"


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 November 1938 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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