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Le Duel

A Feature film by Pierre Fresnay

Produced by Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (CICC)

Release in France : 11/01/1941

    Actors (17)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Distribution

    Subject

    Le duel is Pierre Fresnay's only attempt at directing a movie.And considering the results,he was probably wise not to make another one.

    Le duel is entertaining ,if it is not taken literally: it's an incredible melodrama ,probably the only one which features a confession,complete with act of contrition.

    Pierre Fresnay liked parts of priests:he was admirable in Monsieur Vincent (by Maurice Cloche) which was a biography of Saint Vincent de Paul.As for the others...

    Le défroqué (by Leo Joannon) was an extravaganza where a defrocked priest( Fresnay )made a young seminarian drink the consecrated wine after throwing up in the toilets!

    Le duel is another extravaganza where Fresnay plays a priest who is still a man ,in spite of all he says to everyone around.He becomes the "spiritual adviser" of a deserted wife (Yvonne Printemps,Fresnay's wife in real life)whose husband ,an aviator , is a celebrity. Enter the priest's brother, a "heathen" surgeon who confesses his love to the woman (on the Eiffel tower!).But the holy man is not prepared to accept it even when the husband dies in a plane crash:he urges her to leave this world for higher "spiritual" concerns,that is to say to become a nun! Pierre Fresnay even casts Raimu (with whom he played opposite in Pagnol's famous trilogy César/Fanny/Marius) as another priest half missionary half guru (without his Provençal accent).

    Source : IMDb

    Full credits (10)

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Producer :

    Raymond Borderie

    Directors of Photography :

    Christian Matras, Robert Juillard

    Production Manager :

    Paul Madeux

    Production Designer :

    Jean Bijon

    Author of original work :

    Henri Lavedan

    Screenwriter :

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Sound Recordist :

    Jacques Lebreton

    Editor :

    Bernard Séjourné

    Music Composer :

    Maurice Yvain

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1939

    French release :

    11/01/1941

    Runtime :

    1 h 22 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    202

    Visa issue date :

    31/08/1941

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono