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Son dernier Noël (1952)

A young girl is seriously ill and the doctor says she may not live till Christmas.On her street,the neighbors decide to bring forward the date ;they have to make peace with each other before.
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Tino Rossi Tino Rossi ... Marc Damiani (as Tino-Rossi)
Claude May Claude May ... Lucie Vilardi
Louis Seigner Louis Seigner ... Le professeur Valensio (as Louis Seigner sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Ketty Kerviel Ketty Kerviel ... La Mado
Charlotte Clasis Charlotte Clasis ... Grand-mère Fabrèze
Suzanne Pill Suzanne Pill ... Madame Valensio
Christine Elsen Christine Elsen ... Françoise
Catherine Mallet Catherine Mallet ... L'infirmière
Charlotte Ecard Charlotte Ecard ... L'infirmière chef (as Charlotte Ecart)
Laura Daryl Laura Daryl ... L'épicière (as Daryl)
Paul Demange ... Le professeur de sciences
André Bervil André Bervil ... Le droguiste
René Novan René Novan
Julien Maffre Julien Maffre ... Gus
Jacques Angelvin Jacques Angelvin ... Le directeur de la radio
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A young girl is seriously ill and the doctor says she may not live till Christmas.On her street,the neighbors decide to bring forward the date ;they have to make peace with each other before.Marc Damiani ,an easy-listening star ,is not the welcome in this street where he used to live when he was a child ;but he's got all the kids around on his side,and of course,he did nothing wrong.The little girl spends a wonderful "Christmas" and her health improves so much that the physician tells that perhaps it may not be her last one. Written by dbdumonteil

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Drama | Musical

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 December 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Haar laatste Kerstmis See more »

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Paris-Monde-Production See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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I 'm dreaming of a last Christmas
10 January 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Tino Rossi's movies are ,by and large,vehicles for his songs and the other male actors serve most of the time as foils to him.

"Son Dernier Noel" is a different matter ,for it's got a decent screenplay,which many will dismiss as mawkish ,as maudlin ;it is admittedly a pure melodrama,full of finer feelings ,but no one would blame Frank Capra for that.

Here ,the director is neither Capra nor Sirk ,but he did his best to make up for his obvious lack of means .

And the screenplay is not that derivative:a little girl suffers from Hodgkins' disease ,she knows that soon she is going to die and she wishes she could live till next Xmas ;but when the good physician looks at the calendar ,it reads :November 20th.So why not bring forward the celebration?

If the trick should succeed,all the people on the street must make their peace with one another.And not let the cat out of the bag.

Marc Damiani ,an easy-listening star ,is persona non grata in this street where he used to live when he was a child ;but he's got all the kids around on his side,and of course,he did nothing wrong.

Rossi's songs are sometimes filler ,and only the beautiful song he performs with a choir of boys enhances the movie:no,it's not his perennial "Petit Papa Noel" -see "Destins" for that one- ,but a less known title called "Petite Etoile De Noel".One should note that ,like in "La cage Aux Rossignols" remade as "Les Choristes" ,these brats are "Professional" singers ("Les Petits Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois") Their leader ,who was not a singer,is played by Georges Poujouly ,the little star of René Clément's "Jeux Interdits" (same year) and later of Louis Malle's " Ascenseur Pour L' Echafaud" (1957)

Sometimes the movie has biblical accents: the hostess (and semi-whore's) daughter buys a perfume bottle for the sick girlie ,like the sinner of the gospels ,and all the men laugh at her.

All in all,it 's still a good film for the whole family and it's pretty commendable;do not forget your box of Kleenex.

Like this? Try this.....

"L'Arbre De Noel" Terence Young ,1969.


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