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The Devil's Envoys

The Devil's Envoys

A Feature film by Marcel Carné

Produced by Productions André Paulvé

Release in France : 05/12/1942

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Actors (24)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Productions André Paulvé

French distributors :

Discina, Mission

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At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both Hugues and Ann's fiance. Gilles and Dominique are not really in love : they are sent by the Devil to desperate people. But Ann is so pure that Gilles is caught to his own trap... How will they fight against the Devil ?

Source : IMDb.


The film was shot in Nice, in Vichy (France), and due to the war, Carné faced a number of difficulties in making the film. Due to the increased censorship during the war, Carné wanted to make a historical and fantastical film that would have little difficulty with the censors.

The film premiered at Paris’s Madeleine Cinema on Dec 4, 1942 and was one of the biggest film events during the war. It was called "the grandest film of the Occupation." One of the reasons that the film was such a huge success was due to murmuring before the film was released that the film was an allegory for the current situation. Many people saw the character of the Devil as representing Hitler and the continued beating hearts of the lovers as representing France living under German rule, but not giving up hope. Carné maintained until his death that the film was not an intentional allegory for the war and that any relationship was purely unconscious.

Source : Wikipedia.

Full credits (12)

Assistant Director :

Michelangelo Antonioni

Screenwriters :

Jacques Prévert, Pierre Laroche

Sound Recordist :

Jacques Lebreton

Production managers :

Georges Lampin, Emile Darbon

Music Composers :

Joseph Kosma, Maurice Thiriet

Costume designer :

Georges Wakhevitch

Producer :

André Paulvé

Director of Photography :

Roger Hubert

Camera Operator :

Marc Fossard

Editor :

Henri Rust

Production Designer :

Georges Wakhevitch

Artistic Director :

Alexandre Trauner

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Philosophical tale

Themes :

Middle Ages, Love, Death, Imagination, Religion

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

2 h

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Black & White

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