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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.


Jean Grémillon


Paul Autier (play) (as Pierre Antier), Paul Cloquemin (play) (as P. Cloquemin) | 1 more credit »




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
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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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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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Help, forgotten masterpiece waiting for restoration !!!
24 December 2019 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

We know that Jean Grémillon is one of the great director in french classic cinema with great masterpieces as "Gueule d'Amour", "l'Etrange Monsieur Victor", "Remorques", "Lumière d'été", "le Ciel est à vous"... This "Gardiens de Phare" is forgotten because no decent print is available, only an ugly one. Close to horror movie, this unusual movie deserves urgently restoration to admire at last sumptuous sequences of the raging ocean, the lighthouse and a mad man affected by rabies having hallucinations and terrorizing his father (they work in the lighthouse for one month and stay prisoners because of the storm).

Jean Grémillon directed other movies in Britain, "Remorques" (Brest, Pointe du Petit Minou, Grève du Vougot at Plougerneau, in front of la Pointe Saint-Mathieu at Plougonvelin), "Pattes Blanches" (in Erquy) and "l'Amour d'une Femme" (isle of Ouessant).

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4 October 1929 (France) See more »

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