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Le Bon Dieu sans confession - Poster France

Le Bon Dieu sans confession

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Les Films Gibé

Release in France : 09/10/1953


    Stuck in a loveless marriage, bourgeois industrialist Francois (Henri Vilbert) falls in love with Janine (Danielle Darrieux), another man's wife. Francois sets up Janine as his mistress, and she, mercenary soul that she is, likes the set-up so much that she continues the relationship even when her own husband returns from WW II. In the long run, however, Janine is the loser in the situation...

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    Actors (17)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Gibé

    French distribution :

    Pathé Consortium Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    "A priest is a defeated man, a man who has given up !", the son says to his bourgeois father. How not to think of Autant-Lara's previous masterpiece Douce (1943) where the old dowager (Marguerite Moreno) consoled the Poor : "patience and resignation". Paul Vialar's novel "Mpnsieur Dupont est mort" takes place during M. Dupont 's funeral. Behind the hearse, all those who have known him, wife, children, platonic lover, associate, they all remember... Monsieur Dupont, who used to look as if the butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, was a good man. He was a bastard too.

    The movie was faithful to the novel, but as Danielle Darrieux played the lover, her part needed developing. In the book, each character had a chapter. In the movie, Darrieux's prominent part throws the film off balance : the parts of the son -probably the hardest scene of the movie- and the daughter suffered accordingly.

    This is a good Claude Autant-Lara effort though, the construction of the film is clever, sometimes flouts chronology, which makes sense for the flashbacks come from different persons. All these memories which come back to haunt them resurface as the funeral procession is slowly getting to the church. Autant-Lara spares us the ceremony and his final message is a message of hope : the three young people hand in hand might represent a hope for a better future, recalling Fabien and Irene when they were leaving the aristocrats' house, with Christmas carols everywhere, in Douce.

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    Full credits (15)

    Assistant director :

    Ghislaine Autant-Lara

    Author of original work :

    Paul Vialar

    Sound Recordist :

    Robert Biard

    Director of Photography :

    André Bac

    Production Manager :

    Louis Wipf

    Continuity supervisor :

    Denise Gaillard

    Costume designer :

    Monique Plotin

    Location Manager :

    Lucien Lippens

    Dialogue Writer :

    Ghislaine Autant-Lara

    Producer :

    Joseph Bercholz

    Screenwriters :

    Claude Autant-Lara, Roland Laudenbach, Ghislaine Autant-Lara

    Camera Operator :

    Jacques Natteau

    Editor :

    Madeleine Gug

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Still Photographer :

    Walter Limot

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Death, Deuil

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (1)




    Venice International Film Festival  - 1953

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1953)


    Volpi Cup for Best Actor : Henri Vilbert