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Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

Les visiteurs du soir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 29 August 1947 (USA)
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

Writers:

Jacques Prévert (original script), Pierre Laroche (original script) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arletty ... Dominique - un ménestrel
Marie Déa ... Anne Hugue - la fille du baron qui se fiance avec Renaud
Fernand Ledoux ... Le baron Hugues - le châtelain, père d'Anne
Alain Cuny ... Gilles - un ménestrel
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... Le seigneur
Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd ... Le baladin
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le montreur de monstres
Gabriel Gabrio ... Le bourreau
Marcel Herrand ... Le baron Renaud - le fiancé d'Anne
Jules Berry ... Le diable
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Storyline

At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels, Gilles and Dominique, come from nowhere to the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both Hugues and Ann's fiancé, Renaud. Gilles and Dominique are not really in love - they have been sent by the Devil to drive people to despair. But Ann is so pure that Gilles is caught to his own trap - How will they fight against the Devil? Written by Yepok

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Arletty, Marcel Carne, Jacques Prevert, who gave us "Children of Paradise" Do It Again!

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Visiteurs du Soir See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #626. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Opening panel: And so, in the lovely month of May 1485, the devil sent two envoys to this world to drive humans to despair.
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Referenced in The Mother and the Whore (1973) See more »

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Carné and Prévert at their best
5 September 2006 | by cat-that-goes-by-himselfSee all my reviews

Simply the most beautiful and moving movie that stemmed from the "réalisme poétique" movement. A truly atemporal story, despite the resistance allusions which can live long after the end of WWII.

What makes me really love this movie is the contrast between the very dated conventions of acting, the seemingly slow pace that was the rule at a time the video clips were still waiting in an unforeseeable future and the perfect consistency of the characters and psychology. The emotion is still intact no matter how much the way actors and directors are supposed to convey it has changed over decades.

What a bunch of great actors! True professionals working seamlessly together to serve a masterly written script. I really advise non-french speaking people to watch it in original version with subtitles, to enjoy the music of Prevert's poetic lines.

This movie is a real gem.


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