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David Golder

David Golder

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Le Film d'Art (Vandal et Delac)

Release in France : 06/03/1931

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Actors (14)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Le Film d'Art (Vandal et Delac)

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TF1 Studio (ex-TF1 International)

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Director Julien Duvivier's first talking picture, David Golder was based on a novel by Irene Nemirowsky. Harry Baur plays the title character, a poor but enterprising Polish Jew who re-invents himself as a powerful New York business magnate. Now a millionaire, Golder relocates to Paris, while his profligate wife and daughter spend his money at an exhausting rate in Biarritz. When he tries to curb their spending, his wife spitefully tells him that she has been unfaithful for years and that his beloved daughter is not his child. She further dares him to "do something" about her appalling behavior. Golder gets his revenge by deliberately allowing his business to collapse, forcing his wife to take drastic measures to recoup her wealth. As a final touch, Golder enters into an oil deal that will net him a fortune then signs over all the money to his daughter -- on the proviso that his wife is cut off without a penny. This done, David Golder dies in self-imposed poverty, having learned a bitter lesson about money and happiness.

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Full credits (11)

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Julien Duvivier

Producers :

Marcel Vandal, Charles Delac

Directors of Photography :

Georges Perinal, Armand Thirard, Walter

Assistant Operator :

Philippe Agostini

Editor :

Jean Feyte

Music Composers :

Walter Goehr, Léon Algazy

Author of original work :

Irène Némirovsky

Screenwriter :

Julien Duvivier

Sound Recordist :

Hermann Storr

Production Manager :

Pierre O'connell

Production Designers :

Lazare Meerson, Alexandre Trauner

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 26 min

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Black & White

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Posters (2)


Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1932

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1932)


Official Competition