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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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(inspired by the novel) (as L'Abbé Prévost), (scenario) (as H.G. Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Léon Lescaut
... Robert Desgrieux
... Manon Lescaut
... Le trafiquant
Raymond Souplex ... M. Paul
André Valmy ... Lieutenant Besnard / Bandit Chief
Henri Vilbert ... Le commandant du navire / Ship's Captain
Héléna Manson ... La commère (une paysanne normande)
... Juliette
... Isé, la soubrette
Gabrielle Fontan ... La vendeuse à la toilette
Wanda Ottoni
Rosy Varte ... Petit rôle
... (as Ardisson)
... 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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9 March 1949 (France)  »

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Anjo Perverso  »

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French visa # 6974 delivered on 11-2-1949. See more »

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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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Oddity
2 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I can imagine that Clouzot took on the task of filming this classic with a lot of trepidation: it's just not his kind of story. A picaresque novel of 1734, with aristocratic ideals in conflict with a sordid story was not going to be well-handled by a director who pioneered the noir form in France. His forte was telling a gritty story with characters stretched to the breaking point (as Montand and Vanel were in Wages of Fear). It required a great deal of updating and tinkering with the basic story before Clouzot could feel comfortable with it.

Cecile Aubry does not impress me with her acting skills; she mainly pouts and sighs her way through the picture. How much more could Danielle Darrieux or Micheline Presle have brought to the film! Michel Auclair was a superb leading man who made many films, this is one of his best (see him also in Maigret et l'affaire Saint-Fiacre). Here he manages to convey desire, murderous rage and exasperation with Manon's whims. Dora Doll and her big toothy grin, as well as Gabrielle Dorziat as the prim madam of Manon's brothel were good, but Serge Reggiani as Manon's brother stole every scene he was in.


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