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The Secret

The Secret

A Feature film by Robert Enrico

Produced by Président Films

Release in France : 09/10/1974

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Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Président Films

French distribution :

Valoria Films

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Le Secret, based on a novel by Francis Ryck, begins with the escape of mental patient David Daguerre (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who kills an asylum guard in the process. Daguerre hides out in the home of writer Thomas Berthelot (Philippe Noiret), explaining that his wounds and bruises are the result of torture at the hands of the "special police." Berthelot and his wife, Julia (Marlène Jobert), are willing to believe that Daguerre is a fugitive from oppression, especially after their house is surrounded by a group of soldiers on maneuvers. The couple tries to help David escape to Spain, but Julia, who during most of the proceedings has been attracted to the escapee, becomes convinced that Daguerre is insane and kills him in self-defense. The surprise ending leaves the audience wondering whether or not the man had been telling the truth all along.

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Full credits (17)

Assistant directors :

Claire Denis, Jean Achache, Denys Granier-Deferre

Author of original work :

Francis Ryck

Screenwriters :

Robert Enrico, Pascal Jardin

Sound Recordist :

Bernard Aubouy

Camera Operator :

Patrice Wyers

Editor :

Eva Zora

Continuity supervisor :

Many Barthod

Music Composer :

Ennio Morricone

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

Dialogue Writer :

Pascal Jardin

Producer :

Jacques-Eric Strauss

Director of Photography :

Étienne Becker

Assistant Operators :

François Catonné, Jacques Dorot

Production Manager :

Marc Goldstaub

Assistant editors :

Sophie Cornu, Patricia Neny

Production Designer :

Jean Saussac

Costume designer :

Annie Quesnel

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Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Thriller, Drama

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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