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Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

A Feature film by Roman Polanski

Release in France : 29/03/1995

    Synopsis

    Pauline Escobar is one of the countless victims of the military dictatorship that ruled her country for several decades before giving way to a timid and fragile democracy. Imprisoned, raped and tortured when she was a student militant, she still bears the physical and mental scars of her ordeal and now lives in isolation with her husband Gerardo, a brilliant liberal courted by the new regime. Sickened at the idea that her torturers may elude justice, Pauline bitterly reproaches Gerardo for having agreed to chair a puppet commission of inquiry into the junta's crimes. One stormy evening when his car breaks down, Gerardo is given a lift home by Dr Roberto Miranda. When the good Samaritan returns in the middle of the night for a futile reason, Pauline suddenly thinks that she recognizes her torturer's voice...

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Foreign production company :

    Capitol Films

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    Subject

    "I wrote this play in reference to a specific country, Chile, while making sure that it would function in other contexts. I removed all ethnic elements from it in order to make it accessible to as wide an audience as posible. Among the numerous directors who expressed interest in the project, I immediately preferred Roman Polanski. He knows what violence is, he has crossed its path in his life. He has lived exil, like me. He was the ideal man for the situation. I was fascinated by his work. The actors, the lighting, the set, the props-everything forms a whole in his cinema. He has a particular affinity with the thriller and he's a perfectionist."

    (Ariel Dorfman - Author / co-screenwriter / co-producer)

    Full credits (23)

    Assistant directors :

    Patrick Boshart, Michel Cheyko

    Producer :

    Thom Mount

    Co-producers :

    Sergio Gobbi, Jean-François Lepetit, Ariel Dorfman

    Sound Recordist :

    Daniel Brisseau

    Assistant Operator :

    Pierre Barougier

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Gordon

    Editor :

    Hervé de Luze

    Assistant editors :

    Rose-Marie Lausson, Raphaël Péaud

    Production Designer :

    Pierre Guffroy

    Stunt performer :

    Jean-Louis Airola

    Artistic Director :

    Claude Moesching

    Still Photographers :

    François Duhamel, Luc Roux

    Author of original work :

    Ariel Dorfman

    Screenwriters :

    Rafael Yglesias, Ariel Dorfman

    Director of Photography :

    Tonino Delli Colli

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean-Marie Blondel

    Camera Operator :

    Jean Harnois

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent, Sandrine Lamantowicz

    Sound Editor :

    Laurent Quaglio

    Continuity supervisor :

    Sylvette Baudrot

    Music Composer :

    Wojciech Kilar

    Costume designer :

    Milena Canonero

    Sound mixers :

    Jean-François Auger, Anne Le Campion

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, United States, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Great Britain, United States, France)

    Production year :

    1994

    French release :

    29/03/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.154

    Visa issue date :

    21/04/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby