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Man to Men (1948)

D'homme à hommes (original title)
The story of the Swiss soldier, Henri Dunant (Jean-Louis Barrault), who was responsible for the founding of the Red Cross, and who was offered the first Nobel Peace Prize.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henri Dunant
... Coquillet
Hélène Perdrière ... Elsa Kastner
Denis d'Inès ... Général Dufour
Berthe Bovy ... La mère de Dunant
Maurice Escande ... Jérôme de Lormel
... Napoléon III
René Arrieu ... Attia
Groenewald ... Le délégué hollandais (as Groeneveld)
Andreas von Halberstadt ... Un médecin autrichien
Serge Emrich ... Jean Kastner
Albert Médina ... (as Medina)
Fernand Rauzéna ... Le cocher piémontais
Michele Riccardini ... (as Michel Riccardini)
Georges Le Roy ... Le président du tribunal


The story of the Swiss soldier, Henri Dunant (Jean-Louis Barrault), who was responsible for the founding of the Red Cross, and who was offered the first Nobel Peace Prize.

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

1 October 1948 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Heroes in White  »

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In France, the short Le petit soldat (1948) was shown before this feature. See more »

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A beautiful mind.
12 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Christian-Jaque ,all along his career ,was a man of peace .Many of his works show his idealism,his pacifism and his trust in Man."Si Tous les Gars du Monde","les Disparus de Saint-Agil " were generous works.Even his "Fanfan la Tulipe" displayed his anti-militarism ,thanks to Henri Jeanson's lines.

D'Homme à Hommes (From man to men)is completely forgotten today and however it deserves to be seen ,cause Christian-Jaque succeeded in what might be one of the hardest tasks in directing: a biography .He tells Henri Dunant's story:this man was responsible for the founding of the Red Cross.

Jean-Louis Barrault ("Children of the paradise" ) gave a memorable performance and we feel how he loved his character !He was given good support by Bernard Blier and Hélène Perdrière.

Dunant was altruistic in a century which ,likes ours and the one before ,was not.

"-They all rush towards the concert and meanwhile ,men are suffering and dying !

-Well,Henri,the war is over.

-Which one?"

Outstanding scenes:

  • Henri in Geneva ,urging people to become soldiers of peace,and to fight for the only war worth fighting for.

-Henri's nightmare which features an incredibly impressive use of stairs,clocks and giant officers .

-Henri gave it all :his poverty in a hovel.

-Henri's tears when he sees the soldier marching once again to war.

-Henri and his white flag,leading the wounded people out of Paris surrounded by the Prussians.

-The prologue and the epilogue which show that ,like all the great men and women ,Dunant was a humble human being.The film is a long flashback.

Christian-Jaque always selected the right detail,the detail that hit home: "what about making a Civet (stew)? ,a starving man says ,holding a big rat during the siege of Paris."

Let Christian-Jaque tell you a tale of self-denial and humaneness.

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