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Sortilèges (1945)

The story begins with the murder of a horse trader, which sets free a black stallion that roams through the snow and the village terrifying the people as it gallops.




Claude Boncompain (novel), Christian-Jaque (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Fernand Ledoux ... Fabret dit Le Lièvre
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Catherine Fabret (as Renée Faure Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Madeleine Robinson ... Marthe
Roger Pigaut ... Pierre
Georges Tourreil Georges Tourreil ... Le brigadier de gendarmerie
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Le cordonnier
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Un villageois
Les Danseurs du Massif Central Les Danseurs du Massif Central
Le Cheval Caïd de la Cavalerie Carré Le Cheval Caïd de la Cavalerie Carré
Jacques Butin Jacques Butin ... Le gendarme (as Georges Butin)
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Un villageois
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... Gros-Guillaume - l'aubergiste
Sinoël Sinoël ... Marie-Thérèse Clairet - la vieille villageoise
Lucien Coëdel Lucien Coëdel ... Jean-Baptiste - le campanier
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The story begins with the murder of a horse trader, which sets free a black stallion that roams through the snow and the village terrifying the people as it gallops.

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Original literary source : "Le cavalier de Riouclare", novel by Claude Boncompain, René Julliard Publisher, Paris, 1943, 228p. See more »


Aux marches du palais
17 century anonymous popular song
Performed by Renée Faure
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The bellman
21 December 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

I didn't realize this job existed but Lucien Coëdel is the bellman. He rings the bell from a shack in the middle of nowhere in a snow covered zone in France which is prone to blizzards. His role is similar to that of a lighthouse keeper alerting passing strangers who may be in trouble to a safety zone. Only, he's not normal. A murder is committed outside his shack and whilst other villagers are accused the film follows a love triangle that seriously needs to be resolved.

The film scores for being different as it is set in and around a snowy French village. Two women have a love rivalry that makes things interesting and the bellman is always a bit unpredictable. However, the film is a bit slow and I lost interest. There are no surprises here which is a shame and the outcome is fairly obvious and a bit cheesy.

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Release Date:

5 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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Cévennes, France See more »

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Moulin D'Or See more »
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1.37 : 1
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