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Une Chambre en Ville (1982)

Une chambre en ville (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edith Leroyer
... Margot Langlois
... François Guilbaud
... Edmond Leroyer
Fabienne Guyon ... Violette Pelletier
Anna Gaylor ... Madame Pelletier
Jean-François Stévenin ... Dambiel
Jean-Louis Rolland ... Ménager
Marie-France Roussel ... Mme Sforza
Georges Blaness ... Chef des CRS
Yann Dedet ... Ouvrier
Nicolas Hossein ... Ouvrier
Gil Warga ... Ouvrier
Antoine Mikola ... Ouvrier
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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Edith Leroyer: [singing] I couldn't even pay Madame Sforza. You think she enjoys doing it for free?
Edmond Leroyer: I don't want you seeing that old whore again. I don't work all week so you can blow all my money on fortune-tellers.
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Featured in Les plages d'Agnès (2008) See more »

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La Chambre D'Hôtel
Written and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
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A Bold Undertaking That Falls Far Short Of Its Potential
2 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Une Chambre de Ville" is a tragic opera set during the strike of a shipyard workers union in 1955. Against the backdrop of clashes between police and strikers, the story is about two star-crossed lovers.

Francois is one of the striking workers and Edith is the dissatisfied wife of a television salesman. Fate brings them together and the result feels Shakespearian. They sing of never-ending love, but this is a story about unhappiness--for them and the other main characters.

Though the lyrics/dialogue are rather unpoetic in a classical sense, the music is powerful and lyrical. Indeed, the musical score is one of the best parts of the film.

Noticeable attention has been paid the scenery, with an emphasis on bright colors, providing striking images.

The actors have adequate singing voices, but the central theme--the great love of Francois (Richard Berry) and Edith (Dominique Sanda)-- is unconvincing. Their love feels rather conventional, certainly not a love for the ages. The viewer wants to feel that each is an island oasis of love for the other, driving them to heights of passion and personal transformation. But instead they feel like two losers who converge for a desperate evening and remain unchanged. The musical score, which is so strong, promises a classic story of love, like "Phantom of the Opera", but the characters fall far short.

The film's ending is abrupt, and it serves to undermine the theme of everlasting love.


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