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Un Carnet de Bal

  • Drama
  • 1937
  • Julien Duvivier
  • 129 mins
  • A

Summary

Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Boasting an exceptional cast and Maurice Jaubert's haunting melody, Valse Grise, this episodic drama won the Coupe Mussolini at Venice and earned its director, Julien Duvivier, an invitation to Hollywood. Marie Bell holds centre stage as a widow who decides to trace the men with whom she danced at her first ball. Naturally, the majority have strayed from the straight and narrow, giving each encounter its socio-symbolic tone. But there's also plenty of humour and an affecting finale. With Harry Baur's mad monk, Fernandel's hairdresser, Louis Jouvet's lowlife and Raimu's amoral mayor all exemplary, this is an old-fashioned showcase to treasure.

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Credits

Cast

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Alain RegnaultHarry Baur
Christine SurgèreMarie Bell
ThierryPierre Blanchar
Fabien CoutissolFernandel
Newspaper vendorJeanne Fusier-Gir
Pierre Verdier / JoLouis Jouvet
CécileMilly Mathis
François PatussetRaimu
Mme AudiéFrançoise Rosay
Eric IrvinPierre Richard-Willm
Thierry's mistressSylvie

Crew

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DirectorJulien Duvivier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Gala
Languages
French
Formats
Black and white
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