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Fantastic Night (1942)

La nuit fantastique (original title)
Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus, whenever he closes his eyes, he dreams of a mysterious woman in white. His ... See full summary »

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Marcel L'Herbier

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Louis Chavance (adaptation), Maurice Henry (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernand Gravey ... Denis
Micheline Presle ... Irène
Saturnin Fabre ... Le professeur Thalès
Charles Granval ... Adalbert - l'aveugle
Bernard Blier ... Lucien
Marcel Lévesque ... Le docteur Le Tellier
Christiane Nère Christiane Nère ... Nina (as Christiane Néré)
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Cadet
Zita Fiore Zita Fiore ... L'assistante
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... Boris
Roger Caccia Roger Caccia ... Le fou-pendule
Paul Frankeur ... Le patron du bistrot
Marguerite Ducouret Marguerite Ducouret ... La maraîchère
André Nicolle André Nicolle ... Le conservateur
Maurice Marceau Maurice Marceau ... Un des forts des Halles
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Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus, whenever he closes his eyes, he dreams of a mysterious woman in white. His girlfriend Nina is annoyed at him for his inattention, so she steps out behind his back with a friend of his. One night, while napping at the flower mart, he pursues the mystery woman in what he thinks is a dream, and finds himself with her in a restaurant with her father and her fiancé, then on to a magic shop, the Louvre, a nightclub, and a mental asylum. During the night, he discovers a plot against her, and still believing it's a dream, goes to great lengths to try to save her. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 July 1942 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Fantástica See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Awards:
  • Grand Prix de la Critique Cinématographique 1982
  • Grand Prix de la Critique Cinématographique.
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Not bad, not fantastic
13 February 2003 | by vostfSee all my reviews

The feeble beginning made me fear a very bad movie. The main character is dull and the rest of the cast just can't make you forget the studio they are playing in.

Then the Fantasy Night begins and this journey through the night is well paced with funny situations all taking place in bizarre surroundings. There's never a grand scene but on the whole it's entertaining.

Theme overlapping

Maybe the wooden thing in it is the start point with this White Lady the hero uses to dream of. It aims to be poetic whereas the following is mostly a comic adventure. The most interesting focus should have been on this shy guy's behavior as a hero for he thinks he's dreaming. Unfortunately it's not the main theme in La Nuit Fantastique.

Last point: the work on sound is somewhat interesting too for a movie made more than 60 years ago.


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