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Before the Battle

Before the Battle

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Impérial Film

Release in France : 28/05/1935

    Synopsis

    The first half of the film takes place aboard a French cruising ship, steaming through dangerous waters during WWI. Among the passengers is heroine Jeanne (Annabella), who was once in love with first-officer D'Artelles (Robert Vidalin) but he now seems strangely preoccupied. It turns out that the ship is on a secret mission, which ultimately dooms the vessel to a Lusitania-like death. After the sinking, Captain De Corlaix (Victor Francen) faces a court-martial, and it is at this point that the film clarifies several baffling plot points.

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Full credits (11)

    Assistant director :

    Ève Francis

    Authors of original work :

    Claude Farrère, Lucien Nepoty

    Directors of Photography :

    Marc Fossard, Jules Kruger

    Production Manager :

    Léopold Schlosberg

    Production Designer :

    Robert Gys

    Costume designer :

    Jacques Manuel

    Dialogue Writers :

    Marcel L'Herbier, Charles Spaak

    Screenwriters :

    Marcel L'Herbier, Charles Spaak

    Sound Recordist :

    Joseph De Bretagne

    Editor :

    Emilienne Nelissen

    Music Composer :

    Jean Lenoir

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama, War

    Themes :

    Espionage

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1935

    French release :

    28/05/1935

    Runtime :

    1 h 20 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    1118

    Visa issue date :

    31/08/1940

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (2)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1936

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1936)

    Selection

    Official Competition