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The Les Enfants terribles

The Les Enfants terribles

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Melville

Produced by Melville Productions

Release in France : 29/03/1950

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Melville Productions

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Cinexport, Télédis

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After their mother's death, Élisabeth and Paul, orphan brother and sister left to their own devices and bound to each other by an exclusive love, live together in their large Parisian apartment. They invent an imaginary universe governed by cryptic symbols. Their bedroom is a sanctuary where a "treasure," embued with a meaning that only the siblings understand, has pride of place. Élisabeth encounters Michael and marries him. But the following day he dies during an accident before the couple's marriage is consummated. Élisabeth inherits Michael's fortune, including a huge town house where Paul comes to join her with their precious treasure. Gérard, a friend of Paul, and his friend Agathe, who strangely resembles Dargelos (a teenage student who Paul idolizes), soon come to live with Élisabeth and Paul. But when Élisabeth realizes that love is growing between her brother and Agathe, like a Greek divinity, a kind of Fate, she weaves a Machiavellian web so that her brother cannot escape her.

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Full credits (18)

Assistant directors :

Claude Pinoteau, Serge Bourguignon, Michel Drach, Jacques Guymont

Author of original work :

Jean Cocteau

Voice-over :

Jean Cocteau

Sound Recordist :

Jacques Gallois

Production Manager :

Jean-Pierre Melville

Production Designers :

Jean-Pierre Melville, Emile Mathys

Costume designer :

Christian Dior

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Carrère

Music Director :

Paul Bonneau

Dialogue Writer :

Jean Cocteau

Screenwriters :

Jean Cocteau, Jean-Pierre Melville

Director of Photography :

Henri Decaë

Sound Assistant :

Maurice Dagonneau

Assistant editors :

Colette Charbonneau, Claude Durand

Music Composers :

Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Torelli, Antonio Vivaldi

Make-up Artist :

Hagop Arakelian

Narrator :

Jean Cocteau

Still Photographer :

André Dino

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Feature film

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Literary adaptation

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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Black & White

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Posters (7)


Festival Selections (2)