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Return to Life

Return to Life

A Feature film by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Georges Lampin, Jean Dréville, André Cayatte

Produced by Kleber Film

Release in France : 14/11/1949


    Four top French filmmakers were involved in the "omnibus" feature Retour a la Vie. The film offers four separate stories, each involving a liberated prisoner of war. The first episode, directed by Andre Cayatte, finds a wealthy old woman (O. Revinsky), unhinged by her prison-camp experiences, trying to cope with greedy relatives who voraciously wait for her to die. The second story, directed by Jean Dreville, stars Francois Perrier as a bartender who goes to work in a hotel for American military women. Director Henri-Georges Clouzot helmed the third episode, in which a crippled, half-crazed ex-inmate (Louis Jouvet) has a tense confrontation with a former Gestapo chief. The last installment, directed by Georges Lampin, is the comic tale of a nebbishy returnee (Noel Noel) who causes an uproar when he brings his German war bride home.

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    Actors (46)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Kleber Film

    French distribution :

    Filmsonor Marceau

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    TF1 Studio

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    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Roitfeld

    Screenwriters :

    Charles Spaak, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Ferry, Noël-Noël

    Production Manager :

    Constantin Geftman

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Sound Recordist :

    Antoine Petitjean

    Directors of Photography :

    Nicolas Hayer, Louis Page, René Gaveau

    Editors :

    Léonide Azar, Claude Ibéria, Boris Lewin, Monique Kirsanoff

    Music Composer :

    Paul Misraki

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    Feature film

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    Anthology film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h

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    Black & White

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