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The Secret

The Secret

A Feature film by Robert Enrico

Produced by Président Films

Release in France : 09/10/1974


    Le Secret, based on a novel by Francis Ryck, begins with the escape of mental patient David Daguerre (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who kills an asylum guard in the process. Daguerre hides out in the home of writer Thomas Berthelot (Philippe Noiret), explaining that his wounds and bruises are the result of torture at the hands of the "special police." Berthelot and his wife, Julia (Marlène Jobert), are willing to believe that Daguerre is a fugitive from oppression, especially after their house is surrounded by a group of soldiers on maneuvers. The couple tries to help David escape to Spain, but Julia, who during most of the proceedings has been attracted to the escapee, becomes convinced that Daguerre is insane and kills him in self-defense. The surprise ending leaves the audience wondering whether or not the man had been telling the truth all along.

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    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Président Films

    French distribution :

    Valoria Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    Full credits (17)

    Assistant directors :

    Claire Denis, Jean Achache, Denys Granier-Deferre

    Author of original work :

    Francis Ryck

    Screenwriters :

    Robert Enrico, Pascal Jardin

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Aubouy

    Camera Operator :

    Patrice Wyers

    Editor :

    Eva Zora

    Continuity supervisor :

    Many Barthod

    Music Composer :

    Ennio Morricone

    Still Photographer :

    Georges Pierre

    Dialogue Writer :

    Pascal Jardin

    Producer :

    Jacques-Eric Strauss

    Director of Photography :

    Étienne Becker

    Assistant Operators :

    François Catonné, Jacques Dorot

    Production Manager :

    Marc Goldstaub

    Assistant editors :

    Sophie Cornu, Patricia Neny

    Production Designer :

    Jean Saussac

    Costume designer :

    Annie Quesnel

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Thriller, Drama

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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