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The Green Mare

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Societe des productions raimbourg, S.O.P.A.C., Gaumont, Star Presse

Release in France : 29/10/1959


    In this French drama a horse dealer is quite surprised when one of his mares foals a green colt. The verdant critter brings his family fame and fortune. When the mare dies, her picture is hung in a prominent place in the house. It is not long after her death, that the dealer dies, leaving his land to his two sons. Things are well until a jealous neighbor turns them in to the Prussians. When the boy's mother gives herself to a Prussian officer to save her son, she does not realize that her son and his friends are under the bed. The lad swears to have revenge on the traitorous neighbor, and indeed he does. Fifteen years later, the boy seduces his neighbor's daughter. Unfortunately his brother, not knowing of his mother's disgrace, nominates the wicked neighbor for mayor. The vengeful brother is even more enraged when he discovers that the neighbor's family has known about the betrayal all along. To add insult to injury, his daughter has fallen in love with the neighbor's son! Unable to bear it any longer, the brother forces the neighbor's son under his bed and makes him listen to the love-making between the brother and the boy's mother (who willingly sacrifices her honor for him.)

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    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Societe des productions raimbourg, S.O.P.A.C., Gaumont, Star Presse

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    Zebra Film

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    Full credits (15)

    Assistant directors :

    Ghislaine Autant-Lara, Charles Pozzo di Borgo

    Producers :

    Bourvil, Alain Poiré, Claude Autant-Lara, Ghislaine Autant-Lara

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Natteau

    Camera Operator :

    Jean Lallier

    Editor :

    Madeleine Gug

    Music Composer :

    René Cloerec

    Costume designer :

    Rosine Delamare

    Location Manager :

    Henri Jaquillard

    Author of original work :

    Marcel Aymé

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost

    Sound Recordist :

    René-Christian Forget

    Production Manager :

    Yves Laplanche

    Continuity supervisor :

    Claude Vériat

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Louis Castelli

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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