7.5/10
978
11 user 11 critic

Carnival of Sinners (1943)

La main du diable (original title)
Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 7 April 1947 (USA)
Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this ... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

Jean-Paul Le Chanois (screenplay), Gérard de Nerval (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Le Corbeau (1943)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In a french lost village an old woman is killed and her savings stolen. Several members of her family, all called:"Goupi-...", are suspected.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Fernand Ledoux, Georges Rollin, Blanchette Brunoy
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier
I Accuse (1938)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Victor Francen, Line Noro, Sylvie Gance
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story concerns an old globe-maker who is mysteriously killed while going through the town portraying Pere Noel ("Father Christmas" aka Santa Claus).

Director: Christian-Jaque
Stars: Harry Baur, Renée Faure, Marie-Hélène Dasté
Love Eternal (1943)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, set in 1940s France. The script was written by Jean Cocteau.

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Bonar Colleano, Susan Shaw, Renée Asherson
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In medieval France, the Devil intervenes when one of his two envoys, sent to seduce and deceive mortals, falls instead for a victim.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux
Angels of Sin (1943)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Rich young Anne-Marie thinks she has found her vocation when she joins a Dominican convent as a novice. The convent specialises in rehabilitating female prisoners, and Anne-Marie becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Renée Faure, Jany Holt, Sylvie
World (1970)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In fluid sequence the birth of a world depicted as a bio-astronomical event.

Director: Jordan Belson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Fresnay ... Roland Brissot
Josseline Gaël ... Irène
Noël Roquevert ... Mélisse
Guillaume de Sax Guillaume de Sax ... Gibelin
Palau ... Le petit homme
Pierre Larquey ... Ange
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... Le dîneur (as Gabriello)
Antoine Balpêtré Antoine Balpêtré ... Denis
Marcelle Rexiane Marcelle Rexiane ... Madame Denis (as Rexiane)
André Varennes André Varennes ... Le colonel
Georges Chamarat ... Duval
Jean Davy Jean Davy ... Le mousquetaire
Jean Despeaux Jean Despeaux ... Le boxeur
Edit

Storyline

Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand, and it works perfectly. But of course there is nothing free in this world, and after one year the devil comes and asks for his due... Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It will hold you spellbound with its story of a man who sells his soul...for a woman's love...only to be haunted by the hidden secret of 7 generations

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival of Sinners See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Continental Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Safe Conduct (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sinistra manus
11 June 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Painter Pierre Fresnay (Brissot) arrives at a secluded mountainside hotel that has been cut off by an avalanche. He carries a box with him and has a rather unpleasant attitude which alienates him from the other guests there. The police may or may not be on his tail as they arrive to ask about a man they have been chasing. When his box is stolen by supernatural forces, he decides it is best to come clean and tell his tale. We are then thrown into a flashback story that explains his life and how he came to have this box, and what its significance is as well as what is inside. It's a story of selling your soul to the devil and things come to an end at this mountainside hotel.

It's a good film that keeps you gripped. Fresnay is thoroughly dislikable at the beginning of the film but due to his predicament he wins you over and you understand why he is this way. A small man in a bowler hat, Palau, seems to follow him around. His appearances keep the tension going as he can change fortune but not necessarily in a good way. Fresnay has this box that gives him instant success, wealth, love, etc but it comes at a cost. His love interest is Josseline Gael (Irene) who is pretty straight-talking and whose behaviour also seems influenced by whether or not Fresnay has the box. Her real life story is interesting as she was married to a member of the French Gestapo and was jailed the following year to this film being made. She was subsequently stripped of her French citizenship whilst her husband was executed by a firing squad in 1946.

An annoyance at the beginning of the film is that everyone speaks too quickly so that you just about have time to read the subtitles let alone look at the picture of the actor's faces speaking the lines at the same time. It can be frustrating. You need to accustom yourself to this and then things get OK. The plot's theme is interesting and there are good sequences including a line-up of masked men, all previous owners of the box, who have a brief tale to tell. Fresnay's ability comes from painting with his left hand and he signs his name as Maximus Leo. Is this name significant? Yes it is.

What would you do if your debt kept doubling everyday and the debtor required payback? Easy, go to the bank and get a loan. Not sure why Fresnay didn't do that. But, then again, the devil doesn't play fair, so would probably conjure up a bank shortfall on that day. Maybe the best thing is to just enjoy the success you've got while it lasts. Fresnay fights back.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed