Le colonel Chabert
- 1h 30m
An Empire colonel, left for dead on a battlefield, returns to Paris and finds his wife remarried.An Empire colonel, left for dead on a battlefield, returns to Paris and finds his wife remarried.An Empire colonel, left for dead on a battlefield, returns to Paris and finds his wife remarried.
Colonel Hyacinthe, a.k.a Chabert, was left for dead on the battlefield of Eylau. Rose, his wife, remarried with Count Ferraud with whom she has two children. Under the Restoration, Chabert reappears to see the hostility, the wickedness and the cunning of those whose kindness, comfort and respect he hoped for. Disgusted, he voluntarily enters a hospice for the poor where he ends his life in the company of other remains of the Empire.
Once upon a time there was Raimu. This was long before Depardieu.
The best movie adaptations from novels by one of the greatest writers of all times are still, as I see it, BBC's Cousin Bette (1972), Albicocco's La Fille aux Yeux d'Or (1961) and those silent, nearly forgotten pioneering efforts such as L'Herbier's L'Homme du Large (1920) and Epstein's L'Auberge Rouge (1923). But this one is quite interesting, although Raimu, quite frankly, did not possess an ideal physique du rôle for the Balzac character. Most certainly, he did reach pathos, though. Marie Bell is a bitchy, cousine Bette-like villain. Fine photography, fine score by Louis Beydts, fine sets, fine mise-en-scène.
- Jul 11, 2002
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