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The Ironmaster

The Ironmaster

A Feature film by Abel Gance, Fernand Rivers

Produced by Directeurs Français Associés

Release in France : 30/11/1933

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Actors (17)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Directeurs Français Associés

French distribution :

Les Films Eclipse


Le Maitre de Forges (The Ironmaster) was filmed under the supervision of the legendary Abel Gance, who magnanimously allowed Ferdinand Rivers to direct. Based on the popular 19th-century novel by Georges Ohnet, the story focuses on Claire de Beaulieu (Gaby Morlay), the daughter of an aristocratic family. When her parents go broke, Claire is jilted by her snobbish suitor. On the rebound, she enters into a romance with humble ironworker Philippe Derblay (Henri Rollan). Though Philippe is treated disdainfully by his bride and her family, he ultimately proves to be a worthier husband to her than any nobleman, a fact that she happily learns before it's too late.

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The cast and credits read "a film by Fernand Rivers supervised by Abel Gance".

Gaby Morlay in one of her countless melodramas .She plays a young aristocrat whose family is completely broke. Her fiancé, a duke marries her rival,a rich lumpish bourgeois.So she marries in money with a wealthy manufacturer but she refuses to consummate the marriage .She will soon discover that her hubby has got a big heart.

Gance might have filmed the short sequences which take place in the factory,with the molten metal,which are more inventive than the rest which is routine melodrama.Best sequences are those when the Bourgeois tries to become a Gentihomme:as Molière proved it in the Seventeenth century, it's "mission:impossible". He overturns the countess's cup of tea, and, during the posh meal, his crude manners cannot fool his refined son-in-law and the servants.

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Full credits (5)

Author of original work :

Georges Ohnet

Screenwriters :

Abel Gance, Fernand Rivers

Music Composer :

Henri Verdun

Producer :

Fernand Rivers

Directors of Photography :

Georges Lucas, Harry Stradling

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 30 min

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Black & White

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