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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.

Director:

Henri Decoin

Writers:

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

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
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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

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 February 1940 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzklopfen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ciné-Alliance See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in La joie de vivre: Henri Decoin (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Au Vent Léger
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Paul Misraki
Performed by Danielle Darrieux
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Round Midnight
3 July 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

Some six years after this early wartime release Sam Wood remade it with Ginger Rogers and succeeded in snatching a suet pudding from the jaws of a souffle. There's nothing terribly new or innovative in the Cinderella story and this Henri Decoin-Danielle Darrieux husband-and-wife entry came hot on the heels of the great Billy Wilder script 'Midnight' in which the penniless Claudette Colbert was taken under the wing of John Barrymore and introduced into Society. This time around Danielle Darrieux, who hasn't got change of a match when we see her first, enrols in Saturnin Fabre's Fagin-style school for thieves which leads directly to a meeting with an Ambassador which in turn leads to Society where Claude Dauphin is waiting to fall in love with the charming waif turned thief. It's all pure fluff, of course, but it's also all in the wrists and, it has to be said, French wrists have more style than those at Sunset and Vine. Basil Rathbone was a considerable actor in anyone's book in addition to being the finest swordsman - in the original meaning of the word - in Hollywood but compared to Saturnin Fabre he finishes a bad nowhere. It's highly unlikely that this gem will be screened outside a Festival of Classic French Films so the best that most buffs can do is lobby their local Art House. 8/10


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