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La peur (1936)

A lady who had a secret affair lives in fear.


Viktor Tourjansky


Stefan Zweig (novel), Jean-Pierre Feydeau (dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaby Morlay ... Irène Sylvain
Charles Vanel ... Robert Sylvain
Jane Lamy Jane Lamy ... Denise Hémon
Ginette Leclerc
Jeanne Lion Jeanne Lion ... Louise
Odette Talazac Odette Talazac ... Die Herzogin
Mme Aucoc Mme Aucoc
Paulette Burguet Paulette Burguet
Mireille Colussi Mireille Colussi ... Mireille (as Petite Mireille Colussi)
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Henri Hémon
Georges Flamant ... Mimille
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... Poudroux
Léon Arvel Léon Arvel ... Der Generalprokurator (as Arvel)
Georges Morton Georges Morton ... Der Amerikaner (as Morton)
André Siméon André Siméon ... Victor (as Siméon)


A married woman falls for a handsome pianist .As she loves her not-so-handsome husband and her dear children,she decides to break up. But the cuckolded husband feels there is something wrong.Being a lawyer ,he 's got a client who killed his wife and her lover in a fit of anger.And when he delivers his vibrant plea,his wife is in the courtroom and she hears everything.She feels guilt. Written by dbdumonteil

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10 April 1936 (France) See more »

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U vrtlogu jedne noći See more »

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Typical bourgeois melodrama of the '30s
31 July 2007 | by GrandeMargueriteSee all my reviews

Based on a novel by Stefan Zweig, adapted to the screen by novelist Joseph Kessel, "La Peur" (aka "Vertige d'un Soir") is one of those bourgeois melodramas of the 1930s. It was directed with some refinement by Russian-born Viktor Tourjansky in France just before moving to Germany, so it can be said it is his farewell to French cinema. The movie is not bad, but probably not Tourjansky's best.

Gaby Morlay is Irène, the wife of a famous and wealthy lawyer (Charles Vanel), who falls briefly for a young and handsome pianist (Georges Rigaud) while on vacations on the French Riviera. When she comes back to her married life in Paris, she falls prey to a blackmailer, the pianist's jealous former mistress, while her husband's behavior becomes more and more unpredictable... Charles Vanel is as usually very good as the betrayed and yet not so innocent husband, a part he has played often. Garboesque Gaby Morlay is less convincing (more theatrical) as his wife. I guess there is nothing to expect from this movie but its premise, which is a melodrama in the French pre-war upper bourgeoisie, with a set of good actors of that time (a special mention to Suzy Prim as the "mistress", charmingly vulgar, a real Parisian bird), leading men in tuxedos and ladies dressed in lamé gowns and furs.

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