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Directed by Marcel Carné

France 1945 190 mins. In French

“Generally considered among French, if not world, cinema’s greatest accomplishments, Carné’s film features not only grand settings but an extraordinary assemblage of actors—Étienne Decroux, who taught mime art to Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault; Pierre Brasseur; Pierre Renoir; Maria Casares; Arletty; and more. The script, based on a mélange of French literary sources, centers on four admirers who court actress Garance (Arletty): a mime, an actor, a duke, and a killer. While she gives something of herself to each, she loves only the pure, naïve, romantic mime. Yet she renounces him on the touching plea of a boy wanting his father back. A fable-like tale soaked in the blood of dark 18th-century intrigue.”—Pietro Ferrua.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Classic French Cinema