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La fin du jour (1939)

Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of ... See full summary »


Julien Duvivier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Francen ... Marny
Michel Simon ... Cabrissade
Louis Jouvet ... Raphaël Saint Clair
Madeleine Ozeray ... Jeannette
Alexandre Arquillière Alexandre Arquillière ... Monsieur Lucien (as Arquillières)
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... Le régisseur (as Devère)
Sylvie ... Madame Tusini
Joffre ... Philémon
Charles Granval ... Deaubonne (as Granval)
Pierre Magnier ... Laroche
Mme Lherbay Mme Lherbay ... Madame Philémon
Jean Coquelin Jean Coquelin ... Delormel
Auguste Bovério Auguste Bovério ... Le curé (as Bovério)
Jean Aymé Jean Aymé ... Victor
Tony Jacquot Tony Jacquot ... Pierrot


Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of love affairs. Passions come back, and jealousies... A bitter film about aging, failure and the entertainment. Written by Yepok

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The movie was supposed to star Louis Jouvet, Raimu and Michel Simon in the three main roles. Due to Raimu opting out of the movie, there was a big shuffle in the cast and both Jouvet and Simon changed parts. The cast was then completed by Victor Francen. See more »


After Saint Clair leaves Jeannette in tears, Marny stands right next to her and touches her elbow. After the cut, he moves another step towards her for which there was no room. See more »


Madame Marcellin: He used to tell me "You are my first love..."
Madame Chabert: Ah... to me too
Madame Marcellin: To whom was he lying?
Madame Chabert: To both of us probably
Madame Marcellin: But so charmingly!
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Personal discovery of a great picture
7 September 2015 | by markwood272See all my reviews

Amazing, one of the best movies seen in years. Finding it was a total surprise, since I had never heard of it. Yet it should keep company alongside Renoir's "La Regle du Jeu" (also 1939) or Carne's "Hotel du Nord" (1938).

The story features the sharp edges of Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) sanded down by the spirit of Leo McCarey. One of the rare, non-grating performances by Michel Simon. Also standouts from Victor Francen and Louis Jouvet. Francen in the 1930's already plays a senior citizen, yet he will appear in films of the 1960's looking hardly any different. Louis Jouvet, after starring in "Hotel du Nord" is at his best here as St.-Clair, an egotistical, sinister cad whose shortcomings are revealed with realism leavened by sympathy in the Duvivier-Charles Spaak script. Few actors have portrayed evil with the depth and complexity of Jouvet in this movie.

To describe any of the plot points would only detract from the experience of watching this movie. Relating just about any incident would amount to a sort of "spoiler", since I think I appreciated this film so much because I knew so little about it. Viewing should precede reading where this movie is concerned.

It is enough to say that "La Fin du Jour" belongs on any list of great movies.

The subject matter of the lively arts appears frequently on screen. If you like "La Fin du Jour", I could recommend "Floating Weeds" (1958) or "For Fun" (1993), members of the same family in spite of being many years and many miles away from Duvivier's world.

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11 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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The End of the Day See more »

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Regina Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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