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The Passerby

The Passerby

A Feature film by Jacques Rouffio

Produced by Éléphant Productions

Release in France : 14/04/1982

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Actors (24)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Éléphant Productions

Foreign production company :

C.C.C. Filmkunst

French distribution :


Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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Max Baumstein is a reputable businessman, a rich self-made man with a conscience - he founded a highly visible and active international organization fighting against violations of human rights. Why would he commit an act that apparently negates the principles he has striven for so long to uphold? Eventually, he reveals a secret about himself that he kept hidden from his younger wife Lina, and that in a roundabout way concerns her as well. It is the conclusion of a struggle that started many decades earlier, when Elsa Wiener, a German singer exiled in Paris, without money or relations, a refugee among many others, faced two daunting problems: surviving in a foreign city, and saving her husband Michel from the clutches of the Nazis.

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Full credits (22)

Executive Producer :

Raymond Danon

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jacques Rouffio, Jacques Kirsner

Line Producer :

Jean Kerchner

Foreign Producer :

Artur Brauner

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Assistant Operators :

Michel Coteret, Éric Vallée

Production Manager :

Ralph Baum

Assistant editors :

Marc Bodin-Joyeux, Jacques Rouffio

Production Designer :

Jean-Jacques Caziot

Casting :

Dominique Besnehard

Sound Mixer :

Claude Villand

Assistant directors :

Claire Denis, Alain Peyrollaz

Author of original work :

Joseph Kessel

Screenwriters :

Jacques Kirsner, Jacques Rouffio

Director of Photography :

Jean Penzer

Sound Assistant :

Georges Vaglio

Camera Operator :

Yves Agostini

Editors :

Geneviève Winding, Anna Ruiz

Continuity supervisor :

Anne Mirman

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Costume designers :

Catherine Leterrier, Élisabeth Tavernier

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Germany, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Germany, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 55 min

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Posters (3)


Festival Selections

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1983

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1983)

Selection (4)

Best Sound : William-Robert Sivel, Claude Villand

Best Original Music : Georges Delerue

Best Supporting Actor : Gérard Klein

Best Actress : Romy Schneider