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The Lighthouse Keepers

A Feature film by Jean Grémillon

Produced by Société des Films du Grand Guignol

Release in France : 04/10/1929

    Synopsis

    In a lighthouse off the coast of Brittany, a young man slowly goes mad following a bite by a rabid dog while his father looks on helplessly. Thwarted by a raging sea, they are prisoners of the lighthouse. In a rustic Brittany village, a young bride waits, unaware of the tragedy.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (2)

    French distribution :

    Armor Films

    Subject

    Point of view

    A film of rare beauty, Gardiens de phare is a quick lesson in what was golden about the Golden Age of French cinema: the ineffable documentary quality of even its fictions, with characters profoundly and consistently human, their world captured from every conceivable angle except the obvious. In a lighthouse off the coast of Brittany, a young man slowly goes mad following a bite by a rabid dog while his father looks on helplessly. Thwarted by a raging sea, they are prisoners of the lighthouse. In a rustic Brittany village, a young bride waits, unaware of the tragedy. Marcel Carné in 1929 aptly described Georges Périnal's cinematography in this film: "grey but not flat, unprecise but not obscure....The play on light and shadow has the suavity of a Man Ray image." Like the lighthouse itself, Jacques Feyder's script is a seamless spiral, playing mercilessly (in the end, mercifully) with the irony of what we know and the characters do not.

    Source : bampfa.berkeley.edu

    Full credits (8)

    Assistant directors :

    Jean Mamy, André Barsacq

    Authors of original work :

    Paul Cloquemin, Paul Autier

    Directors of Photography :

    Georges Perinal, Jean Jouannetaud

    Production Designer :

    André Barsacq

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Jacques Feyder

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Feyder

    Editor :

    Jean Grémillon

    Music Composer :

    Roland Manuel

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Ocean

    Production language :

    Silent

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1929

    French release :

    04/10/1929

    Runtime :

    1 h 22 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Approval :

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Silent