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He Who Must Die (1957)

Celui qui doit mourir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 May 1957 (France)
Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director:

Jules Dassin
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Servais ... Priest Fotis
Carl Möhner ... Lukas
Grégoire Aslan ... Agha
Gert Fröbe ... Patriarcheas (as Gert Froebe)
Teddy Bilis Teddy Bilis ... Hadjinikolis
René Lefèvre ... Yannakos
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg ... Kostandis
Melina Mercouri ... Katerina / Mary Magdalene
Roger Hanin ... Panagiotaros
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Manolios / Jesus Christ
Dimos Starenios ... Ladas
Nicole Berger ... Mariori
Maurice Ronet ... Michelis
Fernand Ledoux ... Priest Grigoris
Anna Armaou Anna Armaou
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Storyline

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose those that will play the parts in the Passion. A stuttering shepherd is chosen to play Jesus. The town butcher (who wanted to be Jesus) is chosen as Judas. The town prostitute is chosen as Mary Magdalene. The rest of the disciples are also chosen. As the movie unfolds, the Passion Play becomes a reality. A group of villagers, uprooted by the war and impoverished, arrive at the village led by their priest. The wealthier citizens of the town want nothing with these people and manipulate a massacre. In the context of the 1920's each of the characters plays out their biblical role in actuality. Written by Sarvananda Bluestone <sarv@mhv.net>

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An uncommon drama

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 May 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

He Who Must Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Crete, Greece

Company Credits

Production Co:

Indusfilms,Prima Film,Cinétel See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in O Dassin stin kriti (1956) See more »

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An indelibly memorable film
13 May 2008 | by david-greene5See all my reviews

As with another comment posted here, I would note that I too saw the film, only once, way back in the sixties and the memory of it has stuck with me ever since. I have read mixed reviews of the piece which saddens me as I feel that the picture was so finely wrought and deeply moving that nothing should prevent its reaching the widest possible audience. Bad, or Luke-warm reviews can have this effect. "Celui Qui Doit Mourir" should long have been available in a first- rate DVD edition. Its tale of the lives of simple villagers coming to parallel those of the scriptural characters they enact in a Passion Play is a rich, atmospheric parable. The black and white cinematography is exquisite along with the actors' performances and all the other production values of this rare motion picture.


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