Sylvie, a girl who believes she is cursed having seen her two lovers die in tragic circumstances, lives in the town of Carcassonne, in the South of France with her adoptive guardian, Mr. ...
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Sylvie, a girl who believes she is cursed having seen her two lovers die in tragic circumstances, lives in the town of Carcassonne, in the South of France with her adoptive guardian, Mr. Toulzac. This one, a retired school teacher, has a passion: to discover the secret of the Cathars, a Christian sect of the Middle Ages that glorified death over life. One day Sylvie meets Roland, a pianist and composer back home in Carcassonne. A handsome and good man, he instills new hope into Sylvie's troubled mind. Unfortunately her uncle asks her then to renounce the world and to follow him down into a secret cathedral he has just found...Written by
So many good ideas at a time when France was still under the German occupation;the director was constantly watched by an officer who used to keep a close watch on his shooting."La fiancée des ténèbres" belongs to the fantasy genre ,with such works as Carné 's "les visiteurs du soir" (1942) and Delannoy-Cocteau's "l'éternel retour" (1943), escapist cinema ,although "les visiteurs" featured veiled hints at resistance and "l'eternel retour",on the other hand, was accused of germanophilia."La fiancée des ténèbres" could have surpassed those two works but it did not.The problem lies in the fact that Poligny did not correctly connect all the links of the chain.
And however the screenplay opened huge opportunities:
Set in Carcassone,with its ramparts of the MIddle Ages ,filmed on location,the pictures were splendid.The "Cathares" ,these "heretics " who were burned alive by King Saint (sic) Louis provided the movie with an unusual historical subject.The schoolteacher's adoptive daughter,who thinks she brings bad luck to anyone -and a lot of bizarre events tend to prove her right-.The darkness in the subterraneans and then the luminous landscapes where the lovers find a fleeting refuge.
"La fiancée des ténèbres" ('fiancée of darkness") could have been so much more.All the elements are scattered .A remake would not be a bad idea for a change.
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