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Star Without Light (1946)

Étoile sans lumière (original title)


Marcel Blistène


André-Paul Antoine (adaptation) (as A.P. Antoine), Marcel Blistène (adaptation)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Édith Piaf ... Madeleine
Marcel Herrand ... Roger Marney
Jules Berry ... Billy Daniel
Serge Reggiani ... Gaston Lansac
Mila Parély Mila Parély ... Stella Dora
Yves Montand ... Pierre
Colette Brosset Colette Brosset ... Lulu
Renée Dennsy Renée Dennsy ... La script-girl
Jean Raymond Jean Raymond ... Paul
Pierre Farny Pierre Farny
Paul Frankeur ... Le reporter (as Paul Francoeur)
Pierre Mindaist Pierre Mindaist
Ginette Cantrin Ginette Cantrin
Juliette Cransac Juliette Cransac
Georges Yvon Georges Yvon


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The Two Top Cabaret Stars of Paris!




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Release Date:

3 April 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Asteria horis lampsi See more »

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Technical Specs


| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story takes place in 1929, but all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly 1946. Much of the visible sound recording equipment, and some of the microphones, are also contemporary 1946. See more »


Referenced in Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Piaf and Yves Montand
13 October 2011 | by AmoNYCSee all my reviews

Could Hollywood's famous movie musical "Singin' in the Rain" be imitating this French film -only 6 years later? I think so! Watching "Étoile Sans Lumière" was delightful and here we get to experience, not only Édith Piaf's image, but her magical singing, as well. She was barely 30, while making this movie. One hour into this film, Yves Montand shows up, making his movie debut... and this viewer had the privilege of seeing him shirtless. Here we have 2 pop legends that transcended time, cultures and languages. I was in Paris earlier this month, having coffee at an outdoor café, when a lady came to our table and sang "La Vie En Rose" with such soul, and in the style of Piaf. People are still imitating & honoring this magnificent talent -a half century after her passing. Few entertainers endure this long. I'm grateful that we have the opportunity to see such an incredible vocal talent, from years gone by, still performing in the moving image today. Piaf was in only 8 movies. So, this one is a rare treasure indeed! There are, however, countless films where Piaf's vocals continue to be featured to this day. Merci, Mademoiselle Piaf (RIP).

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