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The Case of Poisons (1955)

L'affaire des poisons (original title)
Madame de Montespan, the Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XIV, has been in disgrace since the King set eyes on a younger beauty, Marie-Angélique Scorailles. Having had enough of the situation, ... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Decoin

Writers:

Henri Decoin (screenplay), Georges Neveux (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Darrieux ... Françoise Athénaïs de Montespan
Viviane Romance ... Catherine Deshayes dite La Voisin
Paul Meurisse ... L'abbé Etienne Guibourg
Anne Vernon ... Hermine Des Oeillets
Pierre Mondy ... Le capitaine François Desgrez
François Patrice François Patrice ... Monsieur de Lignières
Christine Carère ... Marie-Angélique de Fontanges (as Christine Carrère)
Roldano Lupi Roldano Lupi ... L'alchimiste Lesage
Albert Rémy ... Le bourreau Guillaume
Luisa Rossi Luisa Rossi ... Madame Gobet
Renaud Mary Renaud Mary ... Henri de Montespan
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Nicolas de la Reynie
Pierre Allan Pierre Allan
Roland Armontel ... L'aveugle (as Armontel)
Florence Arnaud Florence Arnaud
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Madame de Montespan, the Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XIV, has been in disgrace since the King set eyes on a younger beauty, Marie-Angélique Scorailles. Having had enough of the situation, the rejected mistress decides to visit La Voisin, a woman known as a fortune teller, a doctor, a midwife and who is also said to arrange black masses and sell poisons. Some time later Marie-Angélique, now Duchess of Fontanges, dies mysteriously aged only twenty... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Language:

French

Release Date:

4 November 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hangman and the Witch See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Noir Historic drama with Hammer lightning
6 November 2017 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

"l'Affaire Des Poisons" was directed by Henri Decoin, who directed a few classics od French Film Noir ("La Fille Du Diable", "Non Coupable", "Entre Onze Heures Et Minuit", "Razzia Sur La Chnouf" and very less known but a true masterpiece, "Maléfices" from Boileau and Narcejac). "L'Affaire des Poisons" can be included in Decoin's Noir filmography, the story of Madame de Montespan being quite strong. Danielle Darrieux is perfect as Madame de Montespan, cultivated and playful, so are Viviane Romance and Paul Meurisse as the two sinister "baddies" selling poisons and black masses. The settings are sometimes poor but the Gothic coloured photography (very rare in french cinema at that time) show some dramatic night scenes, which make me think of Hammer fantastic movies.


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