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Therese Raquin [DVD] [1953]

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  • Actors: Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby, Maria-Pia Casilio, Marcel Andre
  • Directors: Marcel Carné
  • Producers: Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDT9UU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marcel Carne transposes Zola's dark tale of ennui and treachery to the post-WWII era. Simone Signoret stars in the title role as Therese, a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Jacques Duby) and living with him in the home of his paralysed mother (Jean Sylvere). When she meets an acquaintance of Camille's, strapping truck driver Laurent (Raf Vallone), the two begin a secret affair - but jealousy and anger lead to tragic consequences for all three.

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I'm baffled by some of the disparaging comments by some of the other reviewers of this DVD. The film, as the opening titles say, is `inspired' by the novel of the same name by the great French writer Émile Zola. It's not a literal adaptation of the book and so I can understand that anybody coming to this film after reading the great novel may well be disappointed. But in my view the film should be judged on its own merits. It is quite rightly regarded by many as one of Marcel Carné's great films, not in the same league as his `Les Enfants du Paradis' perhaps , but still great nonetheless. Indeed it won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1953 and is also rightly regarded by many critics as one of the great French films. For those who haven't seen it, don't be put off by the negative comments. It's worth watching alone for the two central performances of Simone Signoret and Raf Vallone. As for the DVD itself, given the age of the film and there being no apparent attempt at restoration, both the picture and sound quality is good.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2015
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Thérèse is no Tease.

Thérèse Raquin (AKA: The Adultress) is directed by Marcel Carné and Carné co-adapts the screenplay with Charles Spaak from the Émile Zola novel. It stars Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby, Maria Pia Casilio and Roland Lesaffre. Music is by Maurice Thiriet and cinematography by Roger Hubert.

Carné reworks Zola's novel to be set in post-war Lyon and slips into a film noir gear. Plot essentially finds Signoret as Raquin, a severely repressed woman stuck in a marriage to her wimpy weasel of a cousin, not only that but she also has to share a home with his domineering mother. Then one day the strapping Laurent LeClaire (Vallone) enters her life, sparking a fiery affair, but as plans for the future are plotted, a turn of events drastically changes everything.

The characterisations are strongly performed, the five principals (Lesaffre arrives late in the play as a key character) giving performances that really draw you into their respective worlds, for better or worse as regards the human condition. Carné skillfully blends the beautiful side of Lyon, such as the quaint cobbled streets and the River Rhone, with a dull bleakness that fogs Thérèse, a woman who has forgotten how to smile, sexual fulfilment a non entity. Hubert also brings his photographic skills to the show, providing some blisteringly gorgeous night shots that offer hope for the new found lovers. But there is a sign post up ahead and it says that the next stop is noirville, and after having spent half the film building his characters, Carné dashes hope and replaces it with misery.
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Superb acting from Simone Signoret and Raf Vallone. Theme not unlike The Postman Always Rings Twice. Film is based on a novel by Emile Zola.
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It may be down to my blu-ray player but I couldn't get it to screen in 4:3, only stretched to widescreen. Distracting but a decent adaptation of the classic novel.
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I enjoyed this immensely but then I like Emile Zola's works. It was atmospheric and, for me, came up to expectations.
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