Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Une vie

Eräs elämäntarina / Mannen i mitt liv. IT/FR (c) 1958 Agnès Delahaie Productions. P: Annie Dorfmann [= Agnès Delahaie], Louis Wipf. SC: Alexandre Astruc, Roland Laudenbach - based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant (1883). DP: Claude Renoir - Eastmancolor - 1,66:1. PD: Paul Bertrand. COST: Mayo, Lucilla Mussini. M: Roman Vlad. ED: Claudine Bouché. LOC: Normandie. Le film a été tourné en grande partie près de Cherbourg, dans les paysages de la Hague. CAST: Maria Schell (Jeanne Dandieu épouse de Lamare), Christian Marquand (Julien de Lamare), Pascale Petit (Rosalie, the maid), Louis Arbessier (M. Dandieu, the father), Marie-Hélène Dasté (Mme. Dandieu, the mother), Antonella Lualdi (Gilberte de Fourcheville), Ivan Desny (De Fourcheville). 85 min. A vintage print with Finnish / Swedish intertitles viewed at Cinema Orion, 17 June 2009. - A good vintage print with the colour pretty ok, intact. - A visually dynamic adaptation of Maupassant's first novel. There is a surge of consistent movement in this story filmed on location in Normandy. - In marriage, the woman finds herself. - In marriage, the man loses himself, being an eternal seeker, a wanderer. - The man's wild, untamed sexuality brings forth tragedy. - The sex scenes are strong and original. - His three women: Jeanne, his wife. Rosalie, the maid, who gets pregnant. Gilberte, the wife of his best friend. - The Normandy location is vivid. The sea, the beach, the wind are important. - Expressive cinematography by Claude Renoir. - A dynamic score by Roman Vlad. - The actors are fine. Antonella Lualdi is capable of implying a lot in just one look.

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