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Juliette, or Key of Dreams (1951)

Juliette ou La clef des songes (original title)
Michel has stolen from his employer, Mr Bellanger, for the love of Juliette. He is now in jail. One night, while sleeping in his cell, he wakes up all of a sudden, the gates open and he ... See full summary »


Marcel Carné


Georges Neveux (play), Jacques Viot (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Philipe ... Michel Grandier
Suzanne Cloutier ... Juliette
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Le châtelain & Monsieur Bellanger (as J.R. Caussimon)
René Génin René Génin ... Le père Lajeunesse & le greffier
Roland Lesaffre ... Le légionnaire
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La patronne de la confiserie
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... Le marchand de souvenirs (as Arthur Devere)
Louise Fouquet Louise Fouquet ... La compagne du légionnaire
Martial Rèbe Martial Rèbe ... L'employé (as Martial Rebbe)
Marion Delbo Marion Delbo ... L'accorte ménagère
Fernand René Fernand René ... Le facteur
Marcelle Arnold Marcelle Arnold ... La femme acariâtre
Max Dejean Max Dejean ... Le policier
Gustave Gallet Gustave Gallet ... Le notaire
Jean Besnard Jean Besnard ... L'infirme


Michel has stolen from his employer, Mr Bellanger, for the love of Juliette. He is now in jail. One night, while sleeping in his cell, he wakes up all of a sudden, the gates open and he finds himself in a strange village where all the inhabitants have lost their memory. There, meets Juliette again who seems to agree to marry a powerful man, who might well be Bluebeard... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

18 May 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Julia albo klucz do snów See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Sacha Gordine See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was started in October 1941 with Jean Marais and Micheline Presle as "La clé des songes" but because of the war, the production shut down a few weeks later only to be resumed ten years later with a different cast. See more »


Juliette: I'm scared
La garde-champêtre: Of what?
Juliette: Oh, not only of him! Of boys... Their manners ares so blunt... And they are so bossy
La garde-champêtre: It's up to you not to obey them.
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Underrated Marcel Carne fantasy
14 July 2015 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Juliette or the Key of Dreams is seldom mentioned in discussion of Marcel Carne's filmography. However, the film works as an attempt to make a modern, adult fairy tale. One of the other reviewers referenced Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, which is a fair comparison. True, Juliette is not in the same league as the Cocteau film, but, then, few films are.

The film begins in the real world. Michel is in prison. At first, the viewer is uncertain of his crime. What is clear is that he is lonely and heartbroken. One of the other prisoners makes the comment that he could escape in his dreams. This is what Michel does. Most of what follows is one long dream. Michel is searching for his love Juliette. He goes to a village of forgetfulness. Everyone who resides in the village eventually loses his or her memory. Juliette has lost hers as well, but something stirs in her when she sees Michel. Unfortunately, a rich count who resides in an empty castle also has eyes for Juliette. In other words the viewer is given a hero, a quest, a princess, a villain, and a castle, the items of a fairy tale.

Juliette or The Key of Dreams contains some great scenes. One of these is a celebration where fortune tellers offer to read the villagers' pasts. A salesman sells mementos from vacations never taken and memories never made. As the film goes on, the viewer realizes that, by dreaming, Michel is not just trying to escape from prison but also to escape from the entire circumstances that separated Juliette from him. Michel's dream is much brighter than his reality, but, of course, no one can dream forever.

Juliette or the Key of Dreams should be better known. It features an intriguing premise, good actors, and a moving ending. Pleasant, that describes the whole viewing experience.

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