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No Exit (1954)

Huis-clos (original title)
Three people who despise each other find themselves sharing a room in Hell - forever.


Jacqueline Audry


Pierre Laroche, Jean-Paul Sartre (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arletty ... Inès - une lesbienne
Frank Villard ... Garcin - une belle gouape
Gaby Sylvia ... Estelle Rigault- une infanticide
Yves Deniaud Yves Deniaud ... Le garçon d'étage
Nicole Courcel ... Olga
Jean Debucourt ... Le général
Suzanne Dehelly Suzanne Dehelly ... La vieille dame
Paul Frankeur ... Gomez - le compagnon de Garcin
Renaud Mary Renaud Mary ... Le réceptionniste de l'hôtel
Jean Murat ... Le mari d'Estelle
Isabelle Pia Isabelle Pia ... La jeune fille
Arlette Thomas Arlette Thomas ... Mme Garcin
Morena Casamance Morena Casamance ... Rosita - la maîtresse de Garcin
Michèle Cordoue Michèle Cordoue ... Une amie de Mme Garcin
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Three people who despise each other find themselves sharing a room in Hell - forever.

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Release Date:

22 December 1954 (France) See more »

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Les Films Marceau See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994) See more »

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L'enfer, c'est les autres!
1 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Directed by the very talented but alas forgotten Jacqueline Audry this is a first class adaptation by her husband Pierre Laroche of Jean-Paul Sartre's play concerning three people who are doomed to spend eternity tearing each other to pieces to atone for their earthly sins. The excellent production design is by Maurice Colasson. The success or failure of this piece will always depend of course on the quality of the cast and the three leading actors do not disappoint.Frank Villard who had twice before worked with Audry is mucho macho as Joseph without being one-dimensional and the wonderfully photogenic Gaby Sylvia as Estelle proves that she is more than just a pretty face. However the film really belongs to Arletty whose fortunes waned after the war for reasons which are well documented and who gives a truly frightening portrayal as Ines. This is her best postwar film role and she plays it with relish. This powerful, menacing and claustrophobic piece serves to remind one of the tremendous influence exerted by Sartre over other dramatists, not least Harold Pinter.

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