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Act of Love

Act of Love

A Feature film by Anatole Litvak

Produced by Benagoss Productions

Release in France : 07/05/1954

    Synopsis

    Robert Teller visits a seaport in the south of France in the early 1950s. He reflects back to his time in the army shortly after Paris has been liberated.

    Years earlier, to get away from the barracks and the other soldiers, Robert rents a room in a hotel-restaurant. Lise, an orphan without money or identity papers, seeks a way to escape from the authorities. She asks Robert to pass her off as his wife. Even though he does not inspire trust, she starts to fall in love. Lise tells of the time she was the most happy and secure -- living in a little seaside village.

    When a black market dragnet lands Lise in jail, she is humiliated because now she (like Jean Valjean) is branded a "criminal for life." By this time, Robert loves her deeply and is willing to marry her.

    In order to do so, Robert must obtain the approval of his commanding officer, who refuses because the captain thinks he knows what is best for his men. Robert is transferred away from Paris immediately. He escapes, but is arrested. Lise now feels even more abandoned because Robert does not show up for their wedding.

    His thoughts returning to the present, Robert runs into his old captain (who had been trying to place Robert's face). He hears the captain tell his wife what a troublemaker Robert was back then and how he "rescued" Robert from the clutches of a French girl. The captain says, "Well, I bet you haven't seen her since the war." Robert replies, "You are right. They pulled her body out of the river shortly after I was transferred."

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (28)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Benagoss Productions

    French distribution :

    United Artists

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (16)

    Assistant directors :

    Michel Boisrond, Serge Vallin

    Producers :

    Anatole Litvak, Georges Maurer

    Director of Photography :

    Armand Thirard

    Camera Operator :

    Louis Née

    Editor :

    Léonide Azar

    Continuity supervisor :

    Jeanne Witta-Montrobert

    Music Composers :

    Michel Emer, Joe Hajos

    Still Photographer :

    Léo Mirkine

    Author of original work :

    Alfred Hayes

    Screenwriters :

    Joseph Kessel, Irwin Shaw

    Sound Recordist :

    Joseph De Bretagne

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Laurent

    Assistant editor :

    Jacqueline Thiedot

    Production Designers :

    Alexandre Trauner, Auguste Capelier

    Costume designers :

    Sylvie de Segonzac, Jean Zay, Antoine Mayo

    Location Manager :

    Louis Théron

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama, War, Romance

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    United States, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    50% French (United States, France)

    Production year :

    1953

    French release :

    07/05/1954

    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    13663

    Visa issue date :

    16/04/1954

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono