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He Who Must Die

He Who Must Die

A Feature film by Jules Dassin

Produced by Indusfilms, Filmsonor Marceau, Cinétel

Release in France : 04/05/1957

    Synopsis

    Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose those that will play the parts in the Passion. A stuttering shepherd is chosen to play Jesus. The town butcher (who wanted to be Jesus) is chosen as Judas. The town prostitute is chosen as Mary Magdalene. The rest of the disciples are also chosen. As the movie unfolds, the Passion Play becomes a reality. A group of villagers, uprooted by the war and impoverished, arrive at the village led by their priest. The wealthier citizens of the town want nothing with these people and manipulate a massacre. In the context of the 1920's each of the characters plays out their biblical role in actuality.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producers :

    Indusfilms, Filmsonor Marceau, Cinétel

    French distribution :

    Cinédis

    Foreign production company :

    Da Ma Produzione

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    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Henri Bérard

    Dialogue Writer :

    André Obey

    Associate producers :

    Robert Gascuel, Georges Lourau

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Calvet

    Production managers :

    Wilhelm Bérard, Yves Laplanche

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Georges Auric

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Ben Barzman, Jules Dassin

    Author of original work :

    Nikos Kazantzakis

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Natteau

    Camera Operator :

    Gilbert Chain

    Editors :

    Roger Dwyre, Pierre Gillette

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1957

    French release :

    04/05/1957

    Runtime :

    2 h 6 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    17614

    Visa issue date :

    29/04/1957

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (3)

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    Festival Selections (2)

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1957

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1957)

    Selection

    Official Competition