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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:

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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

Margot Langlois: [singing] How can you love him so?
Edith Leroyer: He's become an essential part of my life. I have to know he's near me. I need his warmth. I couldn't go to sleep without his caresses and I couldn't wake up without his sweet smile. I couldn't go on living.
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Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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La Cartomancienne
Written and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Marie-France Roussel
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A Bold Undertaking That Falls Far Short Of Its Potential
2 May 2017 | by atlasmbSee 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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