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The Les Enfants terribles

The Les Enfants terribles

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Melville

Produced by Melville Productions

Release in France : 29/03/1950


    After their mother's death, Élisabeth and Paul, orphan brother and sister left to their own devices and bound to each other by an exclusive love, live together in their large Parisian apartment. They invent an imaginary universe governed by cryptic symbols. Their bedroom is a sanctuary where a "treasure," embued with a meaning that only the siblings understand, has pride of place. Élisabeth encounters Michael and marries him. But the following day he dies during an accident before the couple's marriage is consummated. Élisabeth inherits Michael's fortune, including a huge town house where Paul comes to join her with their precious treasure. Gérard, a friend of Paul, and his friend Agathe, who strangely resembles Dargelos (a teenage student who Paul idolizes), soon come to live with Élisabeth and Paul. But when Élisabeth realizes that love is growing between her brother and Agathe, like a Greek divinity, a kind of Fate, she weaves a Machiavellian web so that her brother cannot escape her.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Melville Productions

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    Full credits (18)

    Assistant directors :

    Claude Pinoteau, Serge Bourguignon, Michel Drach, Jacques Guymont

    Author of original work :

    Jean Cocteau

    Voice-over :

    Jean Cocteau

    Sound Recordist :

    Jacques Gallois

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Production Designers :

    Jean-Pierre Melville, Emile Mathys

    Costume designer :

    Christian Dior

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Carrère

    Music Director :

    Paul Bonneau

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jean Cocteau

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Cocteau, Jean-Pierre Melville

    Director of Photography :

    Henri Decaë

    Sound Assistant :

    Maurice Dagonneau

    Assistant editors :

    Colette Charbonneau, Claude Durand

    Music Composers :

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Torelli, Antonio Vivaldi

    Make-up Artist :

    Hagop Arakelian

    Narrator :

    Jean Cocteau

    Still Photographer :

    André Dino

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    Feature film

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    Literary adaptation

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

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    Posters (7)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2012

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2012)


    Tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville