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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

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Indusfilms, Filmsonor Marceau, Cinétel

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Da Ma Produzione

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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.

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

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Feature film

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France, Italy

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2 h 6 min

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Posters (3)


Festival Selections (2)

Cannes International Film Festival - 1957

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1957)


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