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Le miroir a deux faces (1958)

A teacher runs an ad in the newspaper to find a wife. Afraid of beautiful ladies, he weds an ugly woman. After a car accident, he meets a doctor who offers to reveal his wife's beauty.

Director:

André Cayatte

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André Cayatte, Jean Meckert (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Marie-José Vauzange-Tardivet
Bourvil ... Pierre Tardivet
Ivan Desny ... Gérard Durieu
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Marguerite Benoît
Julien Carette ... Albert Benoît (as Carette)
Georges Chamarat Georges Chamarat ... Georges Vauzange
Elisabeth Manet Elisabeth Manet ... Véronique Vauzange-Durieu
Jane Marken ... Madame Vauzange
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le bistrot
Sylvie ... Mme Tardivet
Bruno Balp Bruno Balp ... L'instituteur
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Un professeur
Pierre Brice ... Jacques
Catherine Candida Catherine Candida ... Le modèle
Corrado Guarducci Corrado Guarducci ... Le maître d'hôtel à Venise
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A teacher runs an ad in the newspaper to find a wife. Afraid of beautiful ladies, he weds an ugly woman. After a car accident, he meets a doctor who offers to reveal his wife's beauty.

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 October 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mirror Has Two Faces See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Remade as The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) See more »

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A gross misreading of Bourvil's character.
25 October 2014 | by ironhillsSee all my reviews

This review is an answer to Eric Sayettat's review: Eric, the husband did not "love her for what she was". He wanted an ugly wife. He was assured that an ugly wife would need him, never cheat on him and never leave. Once she is no longer ugly, a development neither of them could have expected, that assurance collapses. He doesn't love his wife, he uses her.

With that in mind, the film poses an interesting idea when the surgeon "makes his pitch" to the husband: With a woman who is so intelligent and sensitive, why shouldn't her beautiful inside be matched by a beautiful outside? Which leads to the question, if she were born with a beautiful outside, would she have been so admirable? Would she have needed to be?


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