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Bolero

Bolero

A Feature film by Jean Boyer

Produced by Pathé Consortium Cinéma

Release in France : 25/03/1942

    Synopsis

    A row between neighbours that begins with a noisy gramophone (playing, yes, Ravel's Boléro) escalates into a war of cruel practical jokes culminating in suicide (perhaps) and romance (certainly).

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Pathé Consortium Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Pathé Consortium Cinéma

    Subject

    Point of view

    The French film buff will surely experience a frisson when the very first line of dialogue is spoken by Simone Signoret, destined to pick up the torch from Arletty but here relegated to just one scene in her very first movie - ironically she had even less to do in Les Visiteurs du soir a couple of years later. If you saw All About Eve and recall how newcomer Monroe shared a screen with Bette Davis you'll know just what I mean. Jean Boyer is forgotten today but he was as fine a journeyman director as any and always worked well with Arletty (see: Chaleur du sein). No Arletty fan will want to miss yet another performance from the Occupation bridging the gap between Le Jour se leve and Les Visiteurs du soir and though it's a piece of fluff - Luguet is teed off at an upstairs neighbour who plays Ravel's Bolero round the clock, Arletty is Joan of Arc (in her head)and there's a fake suicide, nuff said? - I for one am more than happy to take the fluff with the smooth.

    Source : IMDb

    Full credits (11)

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Michel Duran

    Author of original work :

    Michel Duran

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Calvet

    Production managers :

    Jean Jeannin, Christian Stengel

    Production Designer :

    Lucien Aguettand

    Costume designer :

    Robert Piguet

    Dialogue Writer :

    Michel Duran

    Director of Photography :

    Victor Armenise

    Camera operators :

    Pierre Lebon, Maurice Pecqueux

    Editor :

    Louisette Hautecoeur

    Music Composer :

    Georges Van Parys

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    The neighborhood

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1942

    French release :

    25/03/1942

    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    130

    Visa issue date :

    25/03/1942

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono