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Manon (1949)

An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France, in which a former French Resistance activist rescues Manon from villagers who want... See full summary »

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Abbé Prévost (inspired by the novel) (as L'Abbé Prévost), Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario) (as H.G. Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Serge Reggiani ... Léon Lescaut
Michel Auclair ... Robert Desgrieux
Cécile Aubry ... Manon Lescaut
Andrex ... Le trafiquant
Raymond Souplex Raymond Souplex ... M. Paul
André Valmy André Valmy ... Lieutenant Besnard / Bandit Chief
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Le commandant du navire / Ship's Captain
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... La commère (une paysanne normande)
Dora Doll ... Juliette
Simone Valère ... Isé, la soubrette
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La vendeuse à la toilette
Wanda Ottoni Wanda Ottoni
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Petit rôle
Edmond Ardisson ... (as Ardisson)
Michel Bouquet ... Le second
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An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France, in which a former French Resistance activist rescues Manon from villagers who want to lynch her for collaborating with the Nazis. They move to Paris, but their relationship quickly turns stormy after they get involved in profiteering, prostitution and murder... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 March 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Joufu Manon See more »

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Production Co:

Alcina See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In Italy, the film was shown only in original version with subtitles for censorship reasons. See more »

Quotes

Manon Lescaut: There is nothing dirty when we love each other.
["Il n'y a rien de dégoûtant quand on s'aime."]
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Version of Manon Lescaut (1997) See more »

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Classic Quality by Any Measure.
20 August 2005 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

My first contact with MANON was at age 11 when it played many weeks at the small PLAZA in Washington, DC. The ads said, "Cecile Aubry's gift to the world --- Her body!" To which my older brother said, "What body? She doesn't have one!" Hmm! My poor brother; what does he know? Anyway, I didn't see MANON in 1949, but 56 years later, thanks to eBay, I caught up on this classic, and without disappointment. This film has the authentic feel of classics like Italy's "Bicycle Thief" and "Paisan" --- having the ravages of World War II right there and everywhere you look in 1949, neither war-torn Europe nor attitudes needed to be re-created. The story is involving from the first moments and never lets up. Manon and her soul-mate Robert meet when he helps save her from the collaborator-head-shave she's sentenced to endure as punishment for her attentions to German soldiers. They will remain together throughout her numerous and shameless infidelities, each of which serves both of them, and never with any loss of love for Robert. Cecile Aubry's femme-innocent was a rare thing to see in 1949. Truly experienced men know that getting and holding a young woman like Manon is a never-ending challenge that no real man would ever quit. While traditional "built like a brick you-know-what" sexpots wait in vain for the phone to ring, the femme-innocents are fighting men off like flies. This film will show the viewer many of the dark sides of the pre- and post- liberation era which history might like to have buried. I'll skip over most of the compelling story and just say that the final scenes, when the couple arrive in Palestine along with the Jewish refugees --- these are scenes that define classic movies. Amen!


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