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Mississippi Mermaid

Mississippi Mermaid

A Feature film by François Truffaut

Produced by Les films du Carrosse

Release in France : 18/06/1969

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Les films du Carrosse

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United Artists

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Les Productions Artistes Associés

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Louis (Jean-Paul Belmondo) owns a tobacco plantation and cigarette factory on Réunion Island, but it's lonely work — so he sends away for a mail-order bride. Much to his surprise, the beautiful young Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve) arrives by ship, looking nothing like the picture he had received by mail. Louis quickly falls for Julie, while discovering that she is decidedly not the woman with whom he had been corresponding.


The film is adapted from the 1947 William Irish (Cornell Woolrich) novel "Waltz into Darkness". The film features Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, and others. The film had a total of 1,221,027 admissions in France.

It was remade in 2001 as Original Sin, starring Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane, and directed by Michael Cristofer.

Critical reception
When the film was exhibited in San Francisco in 1999, film critic Edward Guthmann lauded the film in a review, writing, "Truffaut tells his story with terrific dispatch, as if he was thrilled by its possibilities and couldn't wait to share his enthusiasm...the result is a cool combo of film noir, star vehicle and picaresque romance. It's vintage Truffaut, and a great way to get acquainted or reacquainted with one of cinema's true masters."

The film, however, had many detractors. Dennis Schwartz, for example, wrote : "This perverse love story just doesn't fly. The two leads play unsympathetic characters and instead of getting into their character's heads they both play it as a game. It comes off as a disturbing film that seems pointless and has questionable entertainment value. It's one of the few misfires from the talented Truffaut, even with the restored 13 minutes missing from its American release that supposedly makes the film more lucid."

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Full credits (17)

Assistant Director :

Jean-José Richer

Producers :

Marcel Berbert, François Truffaut

Voice :

Daniel Ceccaldi, Alexandra Stewart

Director of Photography :

Denys Clerval

Camera Operator :

Jean-César Chiabaut

Editor :

Agnés Guillemot

Production Designer :

Claude Pignot

Costume designer :

Yves Saint Laurent

Location Manager :

Roland Thénot

Author of original work :

William Irish

Screenwriter :

François Truffaut

Voice-overs :

Alexandra Stewart, Delphine Seyrig

Sound Recordist :

René Levert

Production Manager :

Claude Miller

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne Schiffman

Music Composer :

Antoine Duhamel

Sound Mixer :

Guy Chichignoud

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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2 h 3 min

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