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Une Chambre en Ville (1982)

Une chambre en ville (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 27 October 1982 (France)
A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background... See full summary »

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Jacques Demy

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Jacques Demy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Sanda ... Edith Leroyer
Danielle Darrieux ... Margot Langlois
Richard Berry ... François Guilbaud
Michel Piccoli ... Edmond Leroyer
Fabienne Guyon Fabienne Guyon ... Violette Pelletier
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Madame Pelletier
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Dambiel
Jean-Louis Rolland Jean-Louis Rolland ... Ménager
Marie-France Roussel Marie-France Roussel ... Mme Sforza
Georges Blaness Georges Blaness ... Chef des CRS
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ... Ouvrier
Nicolas Hossein Nicolas Hossein ... Ouvrier
Gil Warga Gil Warga ... Ouvrier
Antoine Mikola Antoine Mikola ... Ouvrier
Marie-Pierre Feuillard Marie-Pierre Feuillard ... Femme à l'enfant
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A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background. François abandons his pregnant girlfriend Violette. She feels treated even more unjust when he tries to defend and excuse his behaviour. He had met a very beautiful over-class girl, Edith, and both were immediately overwhelmed by genuine and reciprocal passion. Edith lived in a very unsatisfactory marriage. She was the daughter of the widow from which François rented his room. Nevertheless, he met her in the street, where she just opened her fur coat and was starch naked under it. They will be together in great passion for just one night and day. At the demonstration François is shot by the police and dies in Edith's arms. - The music is closer to opera than in any other film musical by Jacques Demy. But the greatest difference is that he has devoted much more effort to the task of instructing the... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Room in Town See more »

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Dolby Stereo | Dolby Digital (restored version)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Voted best film of 1982 by the Cahiers du Cinema magazine. See more »

Goofs

Around 01:11:53, Edith is holding a fire gun. Around 01:11:57, Edith is holding her bag and puts a tissue around her hand. However, she hasn't received a razor cut. See more »

Quotes

François Guilbaud: [singing] Dirty bastard!
Edith Leroyer: Funny you should say that. Those were my exact words. And he's stingy and jealous too. I walk the streets to get even with him.
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Edith Et Sa Mère
Written and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Florence Davis and Danielle Darrieux
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Pure Gold
25 August 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Workers during a strike prepare and perform a demonstration, and two personal relations develop against this background. François (Richard Berry) abandons his pregnant girlfriend Violette (Fabienne Guyon, appropriately dressed in violet), and meets a very beautiful upper class girl, Edith (Dominique Sanda).

This was my first experience with Jacques Demy, and I was immediately smitten. The backdrop recalls something like "Les Miserables", based on Demy's own witnessing of a shipyard strike, though the focus here is much more on the love triangle, and Francois Guilbard is not the tragic character that Jean Valjean is (in fact, Francois is kind of a rat).

Musicals are not my favorite genre, but I think this was done right... every line sounds amazing, and it works to have it done without any speaking. The dark themes even hark back to classic operas more than the saccharine musicals of modern Hollywood. Where the plot may be less than perfect, it is made up for by the mere presence of such striking and talented actors.

Unfortunately for Demy, many consider his best years 1961-1967, with the exception of "Donkey Skin" (1970) and completely disregard this film. Despite being nominated for nine Cesars (basically the French Oscars), it won none of them.


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