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The Lighthouse Keepers (1929)

Gardiens de phare (original title)
Two lighthouse keepers (the father and the son) are to spend one entire month in the middle of the sea near the coasts of Brittany;the young man is ill.

Director:

Jean Grémillon

Writers:

Pierre Antier (play), P. Cloquemin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Fromet Paul Fromet ... Père Brehan
Geymond Vital ... Yvon Bréhan
Genica Athanasiou Genica Athanasiou ... Marie
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Mère de Marie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Fromet Maria Fromet
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Two lighthouse keepers (the father and the son) are to spend one entire month in the middle of the sea near the coasts of Brittany;a series of bizarre flashbacks reveals us that the young man has been bitten by a rabid dog.He remembers things of his past,his fiancee,the attack of the dog -which he did not take seriously- and he's seeing things too ,sometimes his visions become mad .As his condition gets worse,he and his father,prisoners of their islet ,inaccessible because of the raging sea ,begin to panic. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France

Release Date:

4 October 1929 (France) See more »

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The Lighthouse Keepers See more »

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Films du Grand Guignol See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The one-act play on which this film is based premiered at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris in May 1905 with Henri Gouget in the role of Yvon. The play was revived 1913, 1918, 1925 and 1933. See more »

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Nighthouse keepers
28 September 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This silent movie must be considered Grémillon's first masterwork;its very bad copy is in need of restoration.

Two lighthouse keepers (the father and the son) are to spend one entire month in the middle of the sea near the coasts of Brittany;a series of bizarre flashbacks reveals us that the young man has been bitten by a rabid dog.He remembers things of his past,his fiancée,the attack of the dog -which he did not take seriously- and he's seeing things too ,sometimes his visions become mad .As his condition gets worse,he and his father,prisoners of their islet ,inaccessible because of the raging sea ,begin to panic.It almost verges on horror movie,and it will be imitated later.

The soundtrack is brilliant,close to musique concrete ,with a metallic predominance and sinister glug-glugs;even when they remember the Britton folk dances ,the sound is not that of bagpipes .Grémillon creates,without the sound effects of modern technology ,a feeling of deadly claustrophobia which grabs the viewer and there's no letup as it continues to build in intensity and drama as the flashbacks ,hallucinations and madness invade the enclosed place.

Grémillon's love for Brittany would emerge again ,notably in "Remorques" and mainly in his swansong "L'Amour D'Une Femme" in which an entire sequence was filmed in a lighthouse.


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