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Le Bon Dieu sans confession - Poster France

Le Bon Dieu sans confession

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Les Films Gibé

Release in France : 09/10/1953

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Actors (17)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Les Films Gibé

French distribution :

Pathé Consortium Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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Stuck in a loveless marriage, bourgeois industrialist Francois (Henri Vilbert) falls in love with Janine (Danielle Darrieux), another man's wife. Francois sets up Janine as his mistress, and she, mercenary soul that she is, likes the set-up so much that she continues the relationship even when her own husband returns from WW II. In the long run, however, Janine is the loser in the situation...

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"A priest is a defeated man, a man who has given up !", the son says to his bourgeois father. How not to think of Autant-Lara's previous masterpiece Douce (1943) where the old dowager (Marguerite Moreno) consoled the Poor : "patience and resignation". Paul Vialar's novel "Mpnsieur Dupont est mort" takes place during M. Dupont 's funeral. Behind the hearse, all those who have known him, wife, children, platonic lover, associate, they all remember... Monsieur Dupont, who used to look as if the butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, was a good man. He was a bastard too.

The movie was faithful to the novel, but as Danielle Darrieux played the lover, her part needed developing. In the book, each character had a chapter. In the movie, Darrieux's prominent part throws the film off balance : the parts of the son -probably the hardest scene of the movie- and the daughter suffered accordingly.

This is a good Claude Autant-Lara effort though, the construction of the film is clever, sometimes flouts chronology, which makes sense for the flashbacks come from different persons. All these memories which come back to haunt them resurface as the funeral procession is slowly getting to the church. Autant-Lara spares us the ceremony and his final message is a message of hope : the three young people hand in hand might represent a hope for a better future, recalling Fabien and Irene when they were leaving the aristocrats' house, with Christmas carols everywhere, in Douce.

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Full credits (15)

Assistant director :

Ghislaine Autant-Lara

Author of original work :

Paul Vialar

Screenwriters :

Claude Autant-Lara, Roland Laudenbach, Ghislaine Autant-Lara

Sound Recordist :

Robert Biard

Production Manager :

Louis Wipf

Continuity supervisor :

Denise Gaillard

Costume designer :

Monique Plotin

Location Manager :

Lucien Lippens

Dialogue Writer :

Ghislaine Autant-Lara

Producer :

Joseph Bercholz

Director of Photography :

André Bac

Camera Operator :

Jacques Natteau

Editor :

Madeleine Gug

Production Designer :

Max Douy

Still Photographer :

Walter Limot

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Feature film

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Death, Deuil

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100% French

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1 h 52 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1953

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1953)


Official Competition


Venice International Film Festival  - 1953

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1953)


Volpi Cup for Best Actor : Henri Vilbert