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Battement de coeur (1940)

Danielle Darrieux plays an impoverished reform-school escapee who finds a new lease on life when she enrolls in a school for pickpockets run by Fagin-like Saturnin-Fabre.


Henri Decoin


Michel Duran (dialogue), Max Kolpé (screenplay) (as Max Colpet) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Danielle Darrieux ... Arlette
Claude Dauphin ... Pierre de Rougemont
André Luguet ... Le comte d'Argay - l'ambassadeur
Junie Astor ... La comtesse Florence d'Argay - l'ambassadrice
Charles Dechamps ... Le baron Dvorak
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... (credit only)
Sylvain Itkine Sylvain Itkine ... Le premier voleur
Pierre Feuillère Pierre Feuillère ... Le second voleur
Jean Hébey Jean Hébey ... Ponthus
Julien Carette ... Yves Calubert (as Carette)
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Roland Médeville
Saturnin Fabre ... Monsieur Aristide


Danielle Darrieux plays an impoverished reform-school escapee who finds a new lease on life when she enrolls in a school for pickpockets run by Fagin-like Saturnin-Fabre.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

1 February 1940 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzklopfen See more »

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Production Co:

Ciné-Alliance See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[last lines]
Pierre de Rougemont: Are you happy now?
Arlette: Very.
Pierre de Rougemont: Then why aren't you crying?
Arlette: I am. Look.
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Alternate-language version of Batticuore (1939) See more »


Une Charade
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Danielle Darrieux
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10 March 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Henry Decoin's first efforts were virtually all sentimental comedies (except maybe "le Domino Vert" which was more melodrama -like).Rosy began to turn to black from " Les Inconnus Dans La Maison" and he became one of the masters of the French film noir;unlike what Melville did later ,his was pure French art ,displaying no influence from the American masters such as Walsh,Hathaway,Wise ,Siodmak or Farrow: "La Fille Du Diable" " Les Amoureux Du Pont Saint-Jean ""La Verite Sur Bebe Donge" "Non Coupable" are genuine classics which the new wave ignored of course.

"Battement De Coeur" is one of the last of his rosy comedies (for the record ,there would be "Je Suis Avec Toi" (1943)and like almost all the other ones ,it stars Danielle Darrieux ,then his wife and the young girls' idol."Battement De Coeur" is not unlike Mitchell Leisen's "Midnight" (1939),as French (and American)movies specialist Writer's Reign wrote.Billy Wilder's and Marcel Hachard's screenplays are very similar ,both being very Cinderellesque ."Battement De Coeur" adds a Dickensian touch with his "pick pocket's school" where the "students " learn the tricks of the trade ,under a modern Fagin's watchful eye.Dig this line : "I've not been studying in this school for months to become a constable !" .It's a pleasant comedy : Darrieux is as sparkling as champagne and that's where its attraction lies.

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