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Whirlpool (1935)

Remous (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 November 1939 (USA)
The happiness of a newly-married couple, Henry and Jeannie Saint Clair, is shattered when the husband is made a paralytic in an automobile accident. The wife still loves him, although he is... See full summary »

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Peggy Thompson (original scenario), Curt Alexander (decoupage) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Boitel Jeanne Boitel ... Jeanne Saint-Clair - the Wife
Jean Galland ... Henry Saint-Clair - the Husband
Maurice Maillot Maurice Maillot ... Robert Vanier, the Lover
Diana Sari Diana Sari ... Paulette, her daughter
Lyne Clevers Lyne Clevers ... Mademoiselle Lydia
Jean Kolb Jean Kolb ... The Doctor
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Pierre
Françoise Rosay ... Madame Gardane
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The happiness of a newly-married couple, Henry and Jeannie Saint Clair, is shattered when the husband is made a paralytic in an automobile accident. The wife still loves him, although he is incapable of any physical love. She is slowly drawn into a short-lived affair with a handsome athlete, Robert Vanier. When the husband learns of the affair, he commits suicide. But the wife cannot forget him and she sends her lover away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whirlpool See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

H.O. Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Albany, New York - Monday, January 23, 1939: The French film, "Remous," was shown Friday to five judges of the Appellate Division in proceedings in the attempt by Arthur Mayer and Joseph Burstyn to get a license to screen it in New York State. The picture has twice been denied a license, first in August, 1936, when it was rejected as being "indecent," "immoral" and tending to "corrupt morals." It was again rejected in November, 1937. In March last it was screened for the Board of Regents who, on April 14, disapproved application for a license. Arthur Garfield Hayes, counsel for Mayer and Burstyn at yesterday's proceedings, ridiculed the objections of Irwin Esmond and the Regents to certain scenes, pointing out that the film was French and would appeal only to an educated audience. Counsel for the Regents based his plea on the film's theme of sex-frustration, arguing that it would be unwise public policy to show it to all classes of people. See more »

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masterpiece by Edmond Gréville
6 September 2019 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

This masterpiece directed by Edmond Gréville is at last available on dvd, with wonderful bonus : 1 interview by Bertrand Tavernier of nearly 1 hour explaining the director's career and his invisible great films like "le diable souffle" and another interview by Gréville himself, talking about his main influence EA Dupont, who also inflenced Hitchcock. "Remous" is a masterpiece thanks to its main theme, the husband's impotence after a car accident, his wife having an affair with an athletic handsome man. Very few dialogues replaced by glances and a lot of visual shooting (cinematography by Roger Hubert, who worked on so many great movies like "les Enfants du Paradis"). Quite indecent at the time, a must see.


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