Visiteurs Du Soir, Les (1942)

Original Title : Visiteurs du soir, Les
Director : Marcel Carné
Writer : Jacques Prévert
Pierre Laroche (I)
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : André Paulvé
Music : Maurice Thiriet
Joseph Kosma
Photography : Roger Hubert (I)
Distributor : DisCina [fr]
IMDB ID : 0035521
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Visiteurs Du Soir, Les (1942) - Marcel Carné


Arletty Dominique
Marie Déa Anne
Fernand Ledoux Le baron Hugues
Alain Cuny Gilles
Pierre Labry Le seigneur
Jean d'Yd Le baladin
Roger Blin Le montreur de monstres
Gabriel Gabrio Le bourreau
Marcel Herrand Le baron Renaud
Jules Berry Le diable
Janine Berry (uncredited
Claudye Carter (uncredited
Franois Chaumette Un page (uncredited
Arsenio Freignac (uncredited
Robert Hébert (uncredited
Guy Henry II
Robert Le Béal (uncredited
Marie-Thérèse Moissel (uncredited
Piéral Un nain (uncredited
Alain Resnais Extra (uncredited
Madeleine Rousset (uncredited
Georges Sellier (uncredited
Simone Signoret Extra (uncredited


At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both Hugues and Ann's fiance. Gilles and Dominique are not really in love : they are sent by the Devil to desperate people. But Ann is so pure that Gilles is caught to his own trap... How will they fight against the Devil ?


It's the only Carné-Prévert movie that takes place in another era,the Middle Ages.During the German occupation,it was an alibi:the Devil was meant to represent Hitler and the two lovers the Resistance.But for the people at the time,their hints at French plight were so disguised -or else,it would have been banned by the censorship-,they only saw the escapist movie which they did need.Over the years,the movie has lost some of its charms:after a brilliant introduction,the pace remains too slow and it's hard to believe that Alain Cuny and Marie Déa are eaten with desire.As always in Carné's movies,it's the supporting cast that walks out with the honors:Arletty is as splendid as ever in her androgynous beauty,and Jules Berry is ideally cast as the Devil.Though it remains inferior to "le jour se lève,ve" and "les enfants du paradis" ,"les visiteurs du soir" is a curiosity for French movies buffs.People who like it should see "l'éternel retour",a collaboration between Jean Delannoy and Jean Cocteau.
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Visiteurs Du Soir, Les (1942) - Marcel Carné