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The Green Mare


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 (23)

Production and distribution (4)

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Zebra Film

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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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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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1 h 35 min

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