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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1940 (USA)
A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Rachel Field (by), Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
Charles Boyer ... Duc de Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn ... Henry Martyn Field
Barbara O'Neil ... Duchesse de Praslin
Virginia Weidler ... Louise de Praslin
Helen Westley ... Madame LeMaire
Walter Hampden ... Pasquier
Henry Daniell ... Broussais
Harry Davenport ... Pierre
George Coulouris ... Charpentier
Montagu Love ... Marechal Sebastiani
Janet Beecher ... Miss Haines
June Lockhart ... Isabelle de Praslin
Ann E. Todd ... Berthe de Praslin (as Ann Todd)
Richard Nichols ... Reynald de Praslin
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Storyline

When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. Though she saves the duchess's little son from a near-death illness and warms herself to all the children, she is nevertheless dismissed by the vengeful duchess. Meanwhile, the attraction between the duke and Henriette continues to grow, eventually leading to tragedy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo y tú See more »

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Budget:

$1,370,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Reportedly it took 40 minutes to dress Bette Davis each day in her historically accurate costumes with several layers of undergarments and corsets to help her maintain the correct posture and movement See more »

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Most of the story takes place in France, yet all writing is in American English; the only French is spoken in the USA, when the new teacher tries to teach her boisterous class. See more »

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Duchesse de Praslin: Don't leave me, Theo!
Duc de Praslin: I'm late in Paris.
Duchesse de Praslin: But... I must talk to you! I never see you!
Duc de Praslin: The king expects me.
Duchesse de Praslin: [She grabs for his hands and he pulls it away] Does even the touch of my hands feel you with aversion?
Duc de Praslin: Oh really Frances...
Duchesse de Praslin: It must be aversion you feel since you always avoid me, never giving me a moment's thought or attention!
Duc de Praslin: I have no wish to avoid you Frances. I would talk to you by the hour if we could do so with calmness and sanity, but it always ends the same. -He begins walking out.
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All this and France too.....
14 October 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Anatole Litvak certainly loved France.He made films in that country during the previous decade ,some of which were remarkable .He ended his career in Victor Hugo's land but his latter efforts were not really exciting.Even when he was in Hollywood ,he never forgot it as this "all this and Heaven too" ,"Act of love" and parts of "decision at dawn" bear witness.

France is currently rediscovering Litvak who was brought down ,like so many great American directors (Zinnemann ,Wyler,Stevens),by the notorious critics of the Nouvelle Vague and their fusty Cahiers du Cinéma.But now their diktats are over and thanks to many contemporary historians of the French cinema (Bertrand Tavernier,Patrick Brion),he is given in the country which was another homeland to him the place he had always deserved.

"All this and Heaven too" might be my favorite Litvak movie,although his American career is as rich as that of any director .In spite of a historical gaffe ("that woman overthrew Louis Philippe "is as laughable as Marie Antoinette's sentence (which she never said) "let them eat cake".

La Restoration and Louis -Philippe: After the 1789 French Revolution ,the nobles emigrated and Napoleon ,who was eager for a Court,made a new nobility.His officers ,who were of common birth,were conferred a title :"Baron d'Empire" for instance;that was Henriette's grandfather's case.

Henriette is of that kind an old noble such as la Duchesse de Praslin can only treat like dirt;those nobles were impostors!With Henriette,it was hate at first sight,even before she became dear to the duke and the children.

That old nobleness,epitomized by the duchess ,was all bigotry,religion ,but they were socialites first.In the XIX th century ,those chic ladies did not care about their children they left to their governess .The Duchess was not alone: Balzac,Maupassant,Flaubert (Madame Bovary did not really like her daughter) and even a writer for children such la Comtesse de Segur painted a picture of the "bad" mother .The story happens in 1846-1847,and Louis -Philippe's days as a king are numbered.The writers are asking for Republic:Lamartine who is mentioned in the film,and Victor Hugo -who wrote the article about Henriette in la Conciergerie- were not the least ;the latter was forced to exile himself after the fall of the short-lived Second Republic (1948-1952).

Had he lived half a century before,the duke would have been part of the daring nobles such as La Fayette who fought for the Revolution.Even if we are not told so,his union was probably a marriage of convenience.The Duchess is egoistic,neurotic,hateful ,incapable of love and affection her children long for.A "pious " woman ,but a woman who uses a priest to keep a close watch on her husband.Note the presence of the priest in the bedroom of a dying child.

Litvak's directing is mind-boggling.He perfectly recreates the atmosphere of the desirable Hotel Particulier where the duke lives.His style is refined : the ball which we see on reflection on the mirrors is a scene Max Ophuls would have died for;the brief moment of happiness on Hallows Eve ;the snow ,symbol of purity:the duke is as virtuous and as loyal as Henriette.The performance in the THeatre Royal which the king attends and which finally backfires on the two heroes:Racine's "Phedre" -Rachel who is mentioned was the thespian of the era,her portrayal of the Greek heroine (whose situation is not unlike the chaste lovers') was praised to the skies then-.

The prologue and the epilogue are excellent: the long flashback is introduced in a very original way.Davis ,in front of the blackboard full of trigonometric formulas ,begins to tell her tale. One of her lines in the epilogue is the most moving in the whole film :"Now,you write the ending of my story" she tells her students .

An absorbing screenplay,where even a fairytale (do you want to be happy when you are young or later when you get older?/I'd rather be happy later:if I've got everything now,what can I expect from life afterward?) plays a prominent part.

French Charles Boyer and Bette Davis give superlative performances and the supporting cast(Barbara O'Neil almost steals the show from Davis sometimes) including the four children (special mention for little Reynald) is up to scratch.This is the Creme de la Creme of the melodrama genre.


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