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Le colonel Chabert (1943)


René Le Hénaff (as René Le Henaff)


Honoré de Balzac (short story), Pierre Benoît (adaptation) (as Pierre Benoit de l'Académie Française) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raimu ... Le colonel Hyacinthe Chabert
Marie Bell ... La comtesse Rosine Ferraud (as Marie Bell de la Comédie Française)
Jacques Baumer Jacques Baumer ... Delbecq
Aimé Clariond ... Maître Derville (as Aimé Clariond de la Comédie Française)
Pierre Alcover ... Le directeur de l'asile (as Alcover)
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Un clerc
Jacques Charon Jacques Charon ... Un clerc (as Jacques Charon de la Comédie Française)
Jo Dervo Jo Dervo ... (as Dervos)
Eddy Debray Eddy Debray ... (as Debray)
Maurice Devienne Maurice Devienne ... (as Devienne)
René Lacourt René Lacourt ... (as Lacourt)
Pierre Lecocq Pierre Lecocq ... (as Lecocq)
René Stern René Stern
Paul Temps Paul Temps
André Varennes André Varennes


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Release Date:

1 December 1943 (France) See more »

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Colonel Chabert See more »

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Pierre Alcover's last film. See more »


Le colonel Jacinthe Chabert aka Jacinthe 'the beggar': The war is a terrible thing.
Delbecq: Yes, but someone has to defend the fatherland.
Le colonel Jacinthe Chabert aka Jacinthe 'the beggar': Monsieur, I am an old soldier and I think! After everything that I've seen, I shall say that the word "patriotism" means nothing against the word "humanism".
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Version of Polkovnik Shaber (1978) See more »

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Once upon a time there was Raimu. This was long before Depardieu.
11 July 2002 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

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.

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