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Therese Raquin [DVD] [1953]

Simone Signoret , Raf Vallone , Marcel Carné    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDT9UU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark drama 27 Oct 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Theresa Raquin 12 Nov 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film marvellous acting great story 5 July 2014
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Great film marvellous acting great story
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