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Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951)

Monsieur Fabre (original title)
Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 8 September 1952 (USA)
Pierre Fresnay plays the title role of a dedicated man, living in the south of France in the 19th-century and somewhat ahead of his time. Fabre ekes out a meager existence for his huge ... See full summary »

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Jack Kirkland (story), Jack Kirkland (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Pierre Fresnay ... Jean-Henri Fabre
Elina Labourdette ... La comtesse de La Porte
André Randall André Randall ... Le philosophe John Stuart Mill
Georges Tabet Georges Tabet ... Le directeur d'Avignon
Espanita Cortez Espanita Cortez ... L'impératrice Eugénie
France Descaut France Descaut ... Antonia Fabre
Olivier Hussenot Olivier Hussenot ... Le censeur d'Avignon
Denise Kerny Denise Kerny ... Aglaë âgée
Paul Bonifas ... Le ministre Victor Duruy (as Victor Boniface)
Jacques Emmanuel Jacques Emmanuel ... L'éditeur Charles Delagrave
Pierre Magnier ... Charles Delagrave
Guy Haurey Guy Haurey ... Jules
Andrée Lafayette
Henry Laverne Henry Laverne ... Le maire (as Henri Laverne)
Solange Varenne Solange Varenne ... La deuxième femme
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Pierre Fresnay plays the title role of a dedicated man, living in the south of France in the 19th-century and somewhat ahead of his time. Fabre ekes out a meager existence for his huge family as a mathematics instructor who studies insects. Recognition of his work, both in the field of entomology and as it related to man's behavior, came slowly over a 50-year period that showed him that man alone possesses a soul and free will. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Eminent Victorian
28 August 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

Henri Diamant-Berger seems to have been a competent director, no more, who made one fine film. I enjoyed Monsieur Fabre enormously; Pierre Fresnay impressed me very strongly as the headstrong entomologist who was awarded the Legion d'honneur and then was hounded out of his teaching post for instructing the youth of Avignon in sex in the animal kingdom. I suppose the ramifications of Victorian scientific research are affecting us still: witness the creationism debate going on in the United States today.

It's Fresnay's film from beginning to end. The actor who played in Le Corbeau, Monsieur Vincent and many other films is just wonderful. I thought Élina Labourdette was going to have a substantial part, but we only see her in the brief Paris scenes (sigh).


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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