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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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devil | love | castle | baron | statue | See All (32) »

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

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[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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Connections

Featured in Nouvelles de Marcel Aymé: Héloïse (1991) See more »

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Great, fascinating tale
29 December 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

A relatively little-known but fascinating movie. Made during the German occupation of France, the film is set in the Late Middle Ages and deals with two envoys of the devil, Gilles and Dominique (Alain Cuny and Arletty, wonderful both) that arrive posing as wandering minstrels at the castle of a Baron where preparations for an upcoming wedding are being made. Their intention is to create havoc by breaking the hearts of all involved. These envoys have extraordinary powers to achieve these goals, like slowing time to a stop so that they can work on their targets at ease. Eventually, the very devil shows up at the castle in disguise. One can argue that the devil in the movie stands for Hitler and the Nazis and so forth, but the film works even if you don't try to watch it as a metaphor for the contemporary events of the time. The movie is memorable and evocative, with many great scenes and a great ending.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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