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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 »

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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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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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A French Chatterley in the thirties.
11 December 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In his absorbing "Voyage A Travers Le cinema Français ",Bertrand Tavernier devoted a whole chapter to Edmond T GReville whose work is not very known in France ;with the exceptions of "Menaces" and "L'Envers Du Paradis" ,none of the works I've seen ("brief ecstasy" "secret life" "Le Port Du Désir" "Les Menteurs" "L'accident") really filled me with enthusiasm.But Tavernier talks about two very attracting movies : "Le Diable Soufflé " is ,alas,nowhere to be seen.But " Remous " was recently released on DVD .

"Remous" is certainly the best movie Greville produced in the thirties,even superseding "Menaces " ;the subject was,for the time, absolutely scandalous and they call a spade a spade: the word 'impotence" is uttered and the wife's sexual frustration is depicted as strongly as the times (mid-thirties) allowed :read the trivia on the main page at a time the Hayes Code was ruling;and do not forget that DH Lawrence 's "Lady Chatterley 's lover " was forbidden in the US.And that the first film based on it was made in France in 1955 in a watered-down adaptation.

Symbolism is certainly subtle : pictures of the sea waters (and its "swirls"= that's what's the title means),of the broken record (a piece of which both lovers pick up)and of the nervous sleepless wife at night;and if it were not enough, the husband ,an engineer ,is building a dam.Besides,the ending takes place on it.

Françoise Rosay provides the movie with a comic relief ,but it does not really interest the director who has only eyes for his characters' tragedy .

Bertrand Tavernier is right: its release on DVD is cause for celebration.Now,roll on "Le Diable Soufflé"


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