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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 »

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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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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 Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.23 (1961) See more »

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Jules Dassin's "must see" movie on human attitudes face occupation
10 May 2005 | by fredyfriedlander-1See all my reviews

"Celui qui doit mourir" (He who must die) is one of many fine films directed by Jules Dassin, who was born in 1911. At the advanced age of 93, Dassin would merit a special live tribute since he had to suffer blacklisting and was still able to direct in exile such masterpieces as "Rififi", "Never on Sunday", "Topkapi" and "He who must die". This last movie takes place in a village in Greece, occupied by the Turks, showing the different attitudes adopted by the people face to the occupant. There is a big contrast between two priests: the rigid Grigoris (interpreted by Fernand Ledoux) and the compassionate Photis (Jean Sevais, also in "Rififi"). This was also Melina Mercouri's first collaboration with her future husband, playing a proud but very human prostitute. Among the actors, mostly French, one can not avoid mentioning the late Maurice Ronet, René Lefèvre, Roger Hanin and Pierre Vaneck, whose Manolios is probably the most important character. Also Gert Fröbe, Carl Möhner and Gregoire Aslan have astounding performances. This movie probably a bit forgotten merits a release in DVD since I do not believe it is available at present in this format. It deserves the maximum qualification (10) and let us be hopeful that Dassin who was born in the US but had to emigrate to Europe will receive a recognition for such a brilliant career.


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