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The Truth

The Truth

A Feature film by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Produced by Han productions

Release in France : 02/11/1960

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Executive Producer :

Han productions

French distribution :

Columbia France

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Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident? The acquaintances of Gilbert testify, as well as Dominique's former lovers, and her sister, Annie, the studious violin player engaged to Gilbert. The evidence they give progressively paints a more finely-shaded picture of the personalities of Dominique and Gilbert, and of their relationship, than the eloquent and convincing justifications of the counsels.

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Point of view

In Bernard Tavernier's film 'Laissez Passer', Henri-Georges Clouzot gets indirectly a harsh treatment. He is one of these directors who continued to work under the German occupation during WWII, and was attacked for this attitude long time after. He was also a fine director, classics like 'Quai des Orfevres' and 'Diabolique' are among the best works in French cinema until the emergence of the New Wave, which displaced Clouzot.

It is ironical that 'La Verite' was his last great film, and that the New Wave exponents were so critical of him. The film contains in my opinion in it many of the elements that were further taken over, continued and amplified by Truffaut, Godard, et co. It is to some extent a milestone at the border between the classic and the new French cinema of the 60s. The subject itself speaks about the confrontation of two generations. A young girl is brought to trial. She killed her lover and the court needs to decide if this was an accident, or a passion crime, or a calculated murder. The tribunal is composed of all that represents the old generation - judges, lawyers, audience - all ready to pass a moral judgment or maybe a lynch on the girl. She comes from a different world, she belongs to a different generation, one that refuses to complain to conventions, she speaks a different language, listens to a different music, feels and loves differently. Today's spectator cannot abstain from thinking about 1968, the year when than generation took the streets in France and elsewhere, and changed history. But the year is still 1960, and the verdict of the trial can be only one.

The intuition of Clouzot is ahead of time not only in what concerns the historical judgment. It is also in the style of filming. Most of the film is a court drama, in the American tradition of Kramer, just translated in French. A few scenes however are filmed in the street, part of the flashbacks that recall the story of the affair that ended in tragedy. Well these scenes are for all practical purposed New Wave. They do not only depict the Paris of the new generation, they are also filmed in the style of the new generation of directors. Here Clouzot bends graciously towards the young directors that will defame him.

And of course, there is Brigitte Bardot. This is one of her best roles, she plays the whole range of emotions she is capable of, is beautiful and vulnerable, passionate and desperate. She attracts men, she attracts the attention, she creates emotion. It is her against the whole world, in a personal rebellion with no chance of success. With this film she established herself as a serious actress, not only as a popular star. It is her film to the same extent that it's Clouzot's and it is one to remember.

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Full credits (15)

Assistant directors :

Claude Clément, Serge Vallin

Associate Producer :

Roger Debelmas

Director of Photography :

Armand Thirard

Sound Assistant :

Arthur Van Der Meeren

Camera Operator :

Louis Née

Editor :

Albert Jurgenson

Continuity supervisor :

Denise Morlot

Location Manager :

Lucien Lippens

Producer :

Raoul Levy

Screenwriters :

Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, Michèle Perrein, Simone Drieu, Véra Clouzot, Christiane Rochefort

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Assistant Operators :

Robert Florent, André Tixador

Production Manager :

Louis Wipf

Assistant editors :

Claude Le Moro, Eric Pluet

Production Designer :

Jean André

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Feature film

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

2 h 4 min

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Posters (2)


Festival Selections

Academy Awards - 1961

Academy Awards (United States, 1961)


Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film