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Moderato cantabile (1960)

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.

Director:

Peter Brook

Writers:

Marguerite Duras (novel), Marguerite Duras (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 May 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ame no shinobiai 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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Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sonatine en sol majeur nº 6
Composed by Antonio Diabelli
Performed by Marie-Antoinette Pictet
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Well, it's not New Wave
26 August 2009 | by bob998See all my reviews

This has to be one of the dullest films of the early Sixties. Remember that Godard, Malle, Truffaut and company had been challenging the traditions of story telling; the world seemed young again, and full of possibilities. Moderato cantabile has nothing of this spirit. It might have been made by an old-guard director like Clément or Delannoy (if they had decided to take a chance on a Duras script).

There isn't much energy or interest in this story: what happens in the first ten minutes is endlessly rehashed throughout the remainder. Belmondo is ill at ease here, or at least seems that way to me--there is no chance for any extroversion, exuberance or even anger from the character. Jeanne Moreau is used decoratively (Brook must have seen what Resnais was able to do with Delphine Seyrig in Last Year In Marienbad) and always looks elegant, if never really desperate or anguished. You know something's wrong when the piano teacher provides much of the dramatic interest: she's bullying the child into giving her a Diabelli sonata "moderately, with a singing feeling".

Note: I have just remembered that Clément did do a Duras script (Barrage contre le Pacifique) in 1958.


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