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The Story of Adele H (1975)

L'histoire d'Adèle H. (original title)
Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (screenplay), Jean Gruault (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isabelle Adjani ... Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewly
Bruce Robinson ... Lt Albert Pinson
Sylvia Marriott Sylvia Marriott ... Mrs. Saunders
Joseph Blatchley Joseph Blatchley ... Mr. Whistler
Ivry Gitlis Ivry Gitlis ... Hypnotist
Louise Bourdet Louise Bourdet ... Victor Hugo's servant
Cecil De Sausmarez Cecil De Sausmarez ... Mr. Lenoir
Ruben Dorey Ruben Dorey ... Mr. Saunders
Clive Gillingham Clive Gillingham ... Keaton
Roger Martin Roger Martin ... Doctor Murdock
M. White M. White ... Colonel White (as Mr White)
Madame Louise Madame Louise ... Madame Baa
Jean-Pierre Leursse Jean-Pierre Leursse ... Black penpusher
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Storyline

Halifax, 1863. A young woman, Miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, with whom she is madly in love. Actually, she is Adèle Hugo, the second daughter of the great French literary figure and statesman. The Lt Pinson does not answer to her love and makes her understand it is hopeless. But as her obsession grows she keeps chasing and harassing him. This film about passionate yet obsessive love and self-destruction is based upon the real diary of Adèle Hugo. Written by Yepok

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Adele H See more »

Filming Locations:

Channel Islands See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Initially planned as a grand-scale spectacular drama with Jeanne Moreau to play the lead, then Catherine Deneuve (then having an affair with François Truffaut) was considered for the role. The film took 7 years to be made, and finally Truffaut decided on Isabelle Adjani whom he noticed on a TV broadcast of the Comédie Française: See more »

Goofs

The hypnotist has a plant in the audience pretending to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was not set up until a decade after the story's setting of 1863 See more »

Quotes

Adèle Hugo: I'm your wife. Forever. We'll stay together until we die.
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Featured in The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) See more »

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Mesmerizing
28 July 1999 | by BishonenSee all my reviews

A genuine horror film of the spirit---the filmmaking is excellent and a bit of a thematic departure for Truffaut as there is little to no leavening humour in this film. In most of his works there is at least a touch of ironic drollness but this film is basically serious-minded all the way through with devastating results.

"Haunting" is the best way to describe Adjani's work in this, one of her first film appearances. Her best moments are wordless; in her eyes is the essense of spiritual dissipation and emotional emaciation. Before our eyes, she is devoured by love, and not in the conventional sense. Without the film ever leaving the secular world, Adele Hugo descends to Hell and Truffaut finds the horror of her journey in the most mundane settings and gestures. A movie that stays with you.

A lacerating but very rewarding experience!


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