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Ombre et lumière (1951)

A world-wide known piano player suffers from a neurosis called "narcissism" .

Director:

Henri Calef

Writers:

Solange Térac (original story) (as Solange Terac), Solange Térac (dialogue) (as Solange Terac) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Signoret ... Isabelle Leritz
María Casares ... Caroline Bessier
Jean Marchat Jean Marchat ... Schurmann
Pierre Dux ... Docteur Gennari
Albert Plantier Albert Plantier ... Eugène
Germaine Reuver Germaine Reuver ... La patronne
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Le patron
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Jacques Barroy
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A world-wide known piano player whose favorite composition is Tchaikovski's Piano Concerto part one has problems :during her concert,she begins to go nuts ,much to the musicians' dismay.They say her father had lost his marbles before he died . A shrink explains to her she suffers from a neurosis called "narcissism" : she sees "reflections " on her piano (and occasionally on mirrors she relegates to the attic) ,and the face which appears is none other than the other " me" ,probably her inflated ego. Perhaps this unfortunate artist ,treated by a nice shrink ,would never have had a relapse.But alas,she falls in love with the owner of a sawmill ,and this handsome man is none other than her sister's former lover. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 June 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luz e a Sombra See more »

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Sigma-Vog,Les Films Marceau See more »
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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.37 : 1
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Crack in the mirror
18 October 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Perhaps Simone Signoret's worst part,this movie seemed to indicate the decline of an estimable director who made largely overlooked efforts ;Henri Calef actually directed movies that deserve to be watched :"Les Chouans" (from Balzac) ,"La Maison Sous La Mer" even "La Passante " .His finest films are a war movie "Jericho" ,which depicted bravery and cowardice as few post-war movie did,and "les Eaux Troubles" .

"Ombre Et Lumière" looks like an unintentional spoof on "psychoanalytical" melodramas /thrillers of the American forties ,when Hitchcock ,Lang,Jack Tourneur or Siodmak made masterpieces in this field (notably "spellbound" "secret beyond the door" "cat people" " the spiral staircase").Simone Signoret portrays a world-wide known piano player whose favorite composition is Tchaikovski Piano Concerto part one which was also her downfall:during her twenty-fourth (or is it twenty-third ?) concert,she began to go nuts ,much to the musicians' dismay.Her father had lost his marbles before he died they say.

A shrink explains to her she suffers from a neurosis called "narcissism" : she sees "reflections " on her piano (and occasionally on mirrors she relegates to the attic) ,and the face which appears is none other than the other " me" ,probably her inflated ego. Compared to those of the four directors I mention above,Signoret's fears are laughable,and the way Calef films them is downright embarrassing.

Perhaps this unfortunate artist ,"cured" by a nice shrink (Pierre Dux) ,would never have had a relapse.But alas,she falls in love with the owner of a sawmill ,and this handsome man is none other than her sister's former lover.Maria Casarès plays the part of the sibling;and she plays a part we know too well;it's the same she once played in former greater glories :Marcel Carné's "Les Enfants Du Paradis" and Robert Bresson's "Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne";the jealous woman seeking revenge .

"Ombre Et Lumière" ,released in 1951,was already quaint ...Signoret turned around from that disaster and shone in "Casque D'Or " the following year.


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