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Return to Life

Return to Life

A Feature film by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Georges Lampin, Jean Dréville, André Cayatte

Produced by Kleber Film

Release in France : 14/11/1949

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Actors (46)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Kleber Film

French distribution :

Filmsonor Marceau

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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Four top French filmmakers were involved in the "omnibus" feature Retour a la Vie. The film offers four separate stories, each involving a liberated prisoner of war. The first episode, directed by Andre Cayatte, finds a wealthy old woman (O. Revinsky), unhinged by her prison-camp experiences, trying to cope with greedy relatives who voraciously wait for her to die. The second story, directed by Jean Dreville, stars Francois Perrier as a bartender who goes to work in a hotel for American military women. Director Henri-Georges Clouzot helmed the third episode, in which a crippled, half-crazed ex-inmate (Louis Jouvet) has a tense confrontation with a former Gestapo chief. The last installment, directed by Georges Lampin, is the comic tale of a nebbishy returnee (Noel Noel) who causes an uproar when he brings his German war bride home.

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Full credits (8)

Producer :

Jacques Roitfeld

Directors of Photography :

Nicolas Hayer, Louis Page, René Gaveau

Production Manager :

Constantin Geftman

Production Designer :

Max Douy

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Feature film

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Anthology film

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100% French (France)

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2 h

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