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La passante (1951)

A woman who has a terrible secret to conceal takes refuge on a barge.

Director:

Henri Calef

Writers:

Henri Calef (adaptation), Serge Groussard (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henri Vidal ... François Malard
Maria Mauban Maria Mauban ... Madeleine Lemoine
Daniel Ivernel Daniel Ivernel ... Jeanjean
Jane Marken ... Mme. Pomont
Noël Roquevert ... M. Pomont
Dora Doll ... Irma
Marcelle Géniat Marcelle Géniat ... Mme. Iturbe
Jean Marchat Jean Marchat ... Me. Darbel
Annette Poivre ... Jeannette
Robert Dalban ... Le trafiquant
Louis de Funès ... L'éclusier
Pierre Sergeol Pierre Sergeol ... Le policier
Colette Georges Colette Georges ... Mlle. Pomont
Solange Certain Solange Certain ... Paulette
Jacques Dynam ... Le poinçonneur
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A woman is on the lam.Distraught,she runs across the streets of a small town ,looking for a way to get out of this place.She takes refuge on a barge where two men work .She asks them to take her to Paris and of course she is hiding a terrible secret.As they sail along the canal,François falls in love with the mysterious lady,but there's a rivalry between him and his colleague Jeanjean who tries to abuse their passenger. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I perastiki See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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All along the canal
11 January 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The screenplay is very thin and the story so unlikely it is a wonder Henri Calef made an endearing movie.

This must be the cinematography(Jacques Lemare):the pictures are really a feast for the eyes .Almost all the story takes place on a barge sailing down a canal,or on the banks beneath the shady trees which seem to protect the characters.The faces are often filmed in close-shot ,which increases the tension,for the characters often move in the cabins of the barge with its low ceilings.

A woman is on the lam.Distraught,she runs across the streets of a small town ,looking for a way to get out of this place.She takes refuge on a barge where two men work .She asks them to take her to Paris and of course she is hiding a terrible secret.

Henri Vidal was the romantic young lead of the era ,a title Delon and Belmondo would take off him only after his death in 1959.He was not always given the parts he deserved .Maria Mauban,the female star ,did not often play the lead.The supporting actors,apart from Daniel Ivernel (Jean-Jean),only appear a few minutes.Watch out for a brief appearance of Louis De Funès as the lock keeper.

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