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This film is my favourite film. I have seen it perhaps 20 times ...
on 30 March 2015
I have watched the restored version and yes there is improvement in the quality of the film but for me the most important thing is the extra information I am given through the special features which consider the character and the life of director, Marcel Carne, and of the screenwriter and cinephotographers. All of interest. Also analyses of action and character within the fim were educational for me; I had not picked up from the film that Lacenaire was homosexual.Why then does he favour Garance with such attention, to the point of considering the murder of all other suitors?.
This film is my favourite film. I have seen it perhaps 20 times and I find it brilliant in every way. The sets are the most real I have seen in any film, of any genre; the acting is first rate; the script is superb and probes character,to reveal the shallow and the profound, and the development of the plot, and final denouement are quite extraordinary. There's lots of humour within the film too so whatever aspect of film work one is concentrating on, there is much to enjoy. My only gripe - the story hasn't ended. Garance walks away but her lover is dead, although she doesn't know it, so will she leave Paris (which she loves) or will she return to her mime artist, who is the love of her life, notwithstanding his wife and little boy. Another French film with the plot not fully resolved.