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Douce (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 June 1949 (USA)
In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Jean Aurenche (adaptation), Jean Aurenche (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Odette Joyeux Odette Joyeux ... Douce
Madeleine Robinson ... Irène Comtat
Marguerite Moreno Marguerite Moreno ... Madame de Bonafé
Jean Debucourt ... Engelbert de Bonafé
Roger Pigaut Roger Pigaut ... Fabien Marani
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Estelle
Richard Francoeur Richard Francoeur ... Julien (as Francoeur)
Paul Oettly Paul Oettly ... Le prêtre (as Oettly)
Julienne Paroli Julienne Paroli ... La vieille Thérèse
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Le frotteur (as Bever)
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... Le palefrenier (as Florencie)
Fernand Blot Fernand Blot ... Le livreur
Marie-José Marie-José ... La chanteuse
Lycette Darsonval ... La danseuse
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In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. However she cannot hope to marry him because of their class difference. Douce's widowed father, the Count de Bonafé, has a wooden leg, and is infatuated with Irène. Douce discovers that Fabien is planning to flee to Quebec with Irène, and also finds out that the Count has asked Irène to marry him. So Douce tells Fabien this and convinces him to run away with her, causing consternation in the family. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Safe Conduct (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Un peu d'Amour un peu d'Espoir
Music by René Cloërec
Lyrics by Maurice Vandair
Performed by Marie-José
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Sweet Nothings? Pas du tout
20 July 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

Any serious French film buff is always going to have to seek this one out if only because it marked the first outing of Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost, who went on to write all the great French films that WEREN'T written by Jacques Prevert, Charles Spaak or Henri Jeanson. They were also the two writers who got up Truffaut's nose the worst and he singled them out for special condemnation in his infamous essay in Cahiers. It's the old story, of course. If Truffaut could have written even one line half as good as these two cats he'd be well on the way to earning Amateur status. The fact is that next to these two Truffaut is illiterate. Put it this way, they're still showing 'Douce' sixty years after it was made. Will time be so good to The Four Hundred Yawns. In your dreams, Francois.

Douce is our old friend the costume drama and the fluid camera of Autant-Lara leads us gracefully into the story via the misleading (nice touch) Christmas-card setting which provides the external trappings for our main set, the well-appointed gaff of Madame de Bonafe, a gift of a role for Marguerite Moreno, who lives here with her son, Engelbert (so THAT's where Gerry Dorsey found it), who left a leg behind in one of those minor wars the French were wont to engage in, and has eyes for Irene (Madeleine Robinson) who is governess to his daughter, Douce (Odette Joyeux). Douce in turn is that way about Fabien (Roger Pigaut), a servant to Madame Bonafe (yes, it DOES sound a little like La Ronde, you got a problem with that) and stripe me pink if Fabien and Irene aren't getting it on in the servant's quarters. With basic elements such as these style is everything and Bost and Aurenche have supplied a stylish script to which Autant-Lara has added a touch of spin so that the whole thing gleams like burnished brass. Eat your heart out, Truffaut. 9/10


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