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The Flesh of the Orchid (1975)

La chair de l'orchidée (original title)
A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running ... See full summary »

Director:

Patrice Chéreau

Writers:

James Hadley Chase (based on the novel by), Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Claire
Bruno Cremer ... Louis Delage
Edwige Feuillère ... Madame Bastier-Wagener
Simone Signoret ... Lady Vamos
Alida Valli ... La folle de la gare
Hans Christian Blech ... Gyula Berekian
François Simon François Simon ... Joszef Berekian
Hugues Quester ... Marcucci
Rémy Germain Rémy Germain ... Arnaud
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... L'homme d'affaires
Marcel Imhoff Marcel Imhoff ... Le directeur de l'asile
Pierre Asso Pierre Asso ... Le docteur
Marie-Louise Ebeli Marie-Louise Ebeli ... L'infirmière de l'asile
Ève Francis ... La mère de Delage
Luigi Zerbinati Luigi Zerbinati ... Alcide
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A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Drama | Thriller

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visa de contrôle cinématographique n° 42.666. See more »

Connections

Follows No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) See more »

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Hypnotic Charlotte Rampling
31 October 2020 | by jbgeorgesSee all my reviews

This is the first film directed by Patrice Chéreau. It's a movie of genre and atmosphere. A dark and creepy atmosphere, worthy of the darkest Noir movie. Rain and fog bathe the whole film, filled with strange and insane characters. Huge sinister houses add some claustrophobic tension. Some of the characters are not very credible and the scenario gets weaker toward the end of the picture. But the sepulchral atmosphere and the magnificent acting performances by Charlotte Rampling and Simone Signoret are worth the detour. The face-to face between the two women gives rise to very touching scenes. The photography is magnificient as well.


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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 January 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Flesh and the Orchid See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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