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When You Read this Letter

When You Read this Letter

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Melville

Produced by JAD Films

Release in France : 11/11/1953

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Actors (22)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

JAD Films

Foreign production company :

Titanus Produzione


The parents of Thérèse and Denise Voise have just passed away and Thérèse delays entering a convent to take care of her younger sister. Max, a young mechanic and unrepentant seducer, takes advantage of Denise, who then tries to commit suicide. To make amends, Thérèse requests that Max marry Denise. He pretends to accept, while in fact planning to in turn seduce Thérèse. She is not immune to his charms, but can nevertheless see what he's up to. Faithful to her religious commitment, Thérèse determines to save this lost soul.

Full credits (12)

Assistant directors :

Pierre Blondy, Yannick Andrei

Producers :

Jean-Pierre Melville, Paul Temps

Director of Photography :

Henri Alekan

Camera Operator :

Henri Tiquet

Editor :

Marinette Cadix

Music Composer :

Sacha Distel

Dialogue Writer :

Jacques Deval

Screenwriter :

Jacques Deval

Sound Recordist :

Julien Coutellier

Production Manager :

Paul Temps

Continuity supervisor :

Dagmar Bolin

Production Designer :

Robert Gys

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Feature film

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 53 min

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