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Seven Days... Seven Nights (1960)

Moderato cantabile (original title)
A wealthy and bored woman is witness of a murder in affection and meets another witness. She asks him about the history of the victim and falls in love with him.


Peter Brook


Marguerite Duras (novel), Marguerite Duras (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Anne Desbarèdes
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Chauvin
Pascale de Boysson Pascale de Boysson ... Bar's owner
Jean Deschamps Jean Deschamps ... M. Desbarèdes
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Pierre
Colette Régis Colette Régis ... Miss Giraud
Valeric Dobuzinsky Valeric Dobuzinsky ... Assassin (as Valéric)


A wealthy and bored woman is witness of a murder in affection and meets another witness. She asks him about the history of the victim and falls in love with him.

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In original release copies the title card read "Moderato contabile", but they were not retired from circulation. See more »


Referenced in A Woman Is a Woman (1961) See more »


Sonatine nº 8 - Andantino
Composed by Antonio Diabelli
Performed by Marie-Antoinette Pictet
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Steam and fog
22 November 2007 | by carvalheiroSee all my reviews

"Moderato cantabile" (1960) directed by Peter Brook was a movie with a certain spleen of its weather, like a love story in a foggy atmosphere near or not too much far away in Gascogne Gulf from the quite distant channel between England and France. The couple had met in a coffee break at the place of the port and both were seeing each other concerning a criminal environment from the daily journey, nowhere outside with the police searching for somebody helping to solve the killing of someone there.

Director Peter Brook so happy with his career, that he forgot perhaps in making more movies like this one, even though this one it was not so easy in finishing it, but that unfinished touch is not evanescent. This kind of appearance from the main characters, a woman with a child and a man, both young and the message it was there like that. A stylish look for both main characters that knowing something else about an event have an approach to a soft sentimental adventure and forgotten the reality of their acquaintance created a link of friendship without any presumption for after tomorrow.

Because it seems if did you understood that, something is always possible when things are confused for the minds and the first is breathing well and expelled oxygenate air, making steam by night : reconciliation brought her for another stand of high society from the time. It seems also that the screenplay came from someone who had much pleasure to bring any confusion in the mind of the characters with her - because is a she - deconstruction in her obsessive purpose, that life is not so important around if a kiss save your honor and butterfly. This is the strength of Marguerite Duras story adapted anyway by Peter Brook with a kind of innovative and quite prejudice against savagery of the time, during persecutions in France, because colonial defeat at the time mixed with resistance from Gironde tradition where the story came from.

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Release Date:

25 May 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

7 дней. 7 ночей (Модерато кантабиле) See more »

Filming Locations:

Blaye, Gironde, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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