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Le diable au coeur (1928)

Ludivine Bucaille stupidly wishes that Leherg and his son Delphin both die at sea. Amazingly, Leherg actually is lost at sea but his son somehow survives. His mother subsequently dies of ... See full summary »


Marcel L'Herbier


Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (novel), Marcel L'Herbier (scenario)


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Cast overview:
Betty Balfour ... Ludivine Bucaille - une fille étrange
Jaque Catelain ... Delphin Leherg - le fils de Leherg qu'aime Ludivine
Roger Karl ... Le père Leherg - le père de Delphin
André Nox ... Pierre Lauderin - un tenancier de boîte auquel Bucaille destine sa fille
Kissa Kouprine Kissa Kouprine ... Thania
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... Madame Bucaille - la mère de Ludivine
Magda Aranyi Magda Aranyi ... La belle-mère de Lauderin
Leo Da Costa Leo Da Costa ... Gaston Lauderin
André Heuzé André Heuzé ... André Bucaille
Auguste Picaude Auguste Picaude ... Maurice Bucaille - le père alcoolique de Ludivine
Falcau Falcau ... Le frère de Lauderin
Jane Pierson Jane Pierson ... Une femme


Ludivine Bucaille stupidly wishes that Leherg and his son Delphin both die at sea. Amazingly, Leherg actually is lost at sea but his son somehow survives. His mother subsequently dies of sorrow. Remorseful, Ludivine gets her parents to take Delphin in their care. She makes sure the house is nice and tidy. Delphin and Ludivine grow to love each other and eventually get engaged. But father Bucaille, a drunk, wants Ludivine to marry Lauderin, the owner of a bar. Ludivine, in a moment of jealousy, thinking that Delphin has cheated on her, accepts. As Delpin plans on leaving the country the day after the engagement, Ludivine takes a boat to meet him. Lauderin sneaks into the boat and, as a storm hits it, he attempts to rape her. Delphin comes to the rescue. The two lovers can now unite. Written by Greg Philip {greg_philip@hotmail.com}

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3 March 1928 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El diablo en el corazón See more »

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Honfleur, Calvados, France See more »

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Cinégraphic See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Clean language, dreamlike soul
15 January 2016 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

L'herbier is less forward visually here than in L'argent the next year, less about motion in the eye and more about knots of tangled fate. It's melodrama in a small coastal town about a fisherman's daughter who falls for an orphaned boy she has taken in their house.

But if you look, the main device that gives the story shape is dreamlike, in tune with French notions of the time about eyeing turbulent soul and how this mode would resurface years later in the next great French school of Rivette and Resnais.

So a girl who is boisterous and careless, we see her running with a coterie of boys around town happy to cause mischief. He is the exact opposite, serious and dutiful about helping out his fisherman father. Her disdain for that life of responsibility is summoned early when she breaks a window in their house and the boy slaps her. Spiteful, the girl wishes they die.

The karmic chain in motion is a tempest out at sea the next day that shatters lives and breaks up his home.

This is followed by the most dreamlike scene where she lays down outside a church, drifts to sleep and in the next beat the boy has been summoned back to her; salvaged from the wreck that morning and has come to pray. In essence we have layered dreaming about a girl who takes him in and comes to find out about love and responsibility. Other dreamlike digress: inside a club where she finds him cavorting with dancers as what she fears, her parents happily acceding to marriage as what she hopes for.

We have less interesting stretches about a lecherous clubowner who plots to win her over with money and much dismay as she must rush to claim her own fate before it's decided for her. It happens out at sea with turbulent waters; once more someone is left behind and he comes to her.

So we have clean language and melodramatic plot, ordinary for the time, the way it's structured though so that we receive dramas of love along with the mind that creates internal currents of them is forward- looking. This is the language Celine and Julie would be written in, one of the very best.

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