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FFF: Love Eternal L’Éternel retour(15)
16/11/2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director Jean Delannoy
Cast Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Junie Astor, Roland Toutain,Jane Marken, Jean d’Yd, Pierre Piéral,A lexandre Rignault, Yvonne de Bray
I Scr Jean Cocteau I Mus Georges Auric I 1943 I 107mins
One of the many towering cinematic achievements that miraculously came out of France’s darkest hour, L’Éternel retour unites the creative talent of director Jean Delannoy and writer Jean Cocteau. The result is an intensely moving film about love, jealousy and malice, captivating in its lyrical charm, yet haunting in its assessment of the worst in human nature. The film is based on the timeless story of Tristan and Isolda, updated to a contemporary France setting. The film’s title derives from Cocteau’s belief that the same stories recur again and again in history, without the protagonists realising. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the time at which the film was made, this is one of Delannoy’s darkest films. It features one of his most brilliant and terrifying creations, the dwarf Achille (brought to life by a remarkable performance from Pierre Piéral). The sheer wickedness of Achille heightens the nobility of Patrice and the blonde Nathalie, who are portrayed by Jean Marais and Madeleine Sologne, both actors at the height of their powers in mesmerising performances.
Edinburgh Filmhouse Wed 16 Nov 18:00 + INTRO