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Le Grand Jeu

Le Grand Jeu

A Feature film by Jacques Feyder

Produced by Films de France

Release in France : 27/04/1934

    Synopsis

    Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell), and her whims of luxury life. Pierre has gone too far and put the family firm in jeopardy. They ask him to expatriate. To avoid scandal, Pierre joins the Foreign Legion. In Morocco, near the desert, Pierre goes with his comrades of the Legion to a bar-restaurant-brothel, owned by a shady character, Mr. Clement (Charles Vanel). Clement lives more or less with Ms.Blanche (Françoise Rosay) who is a fortune teller with cards, as a hobby. But Clement is also after his girls now and then. Pierre is still obsessed with Florence but he meets Irma (Marie Bell), one of Clement's girls, who is the double of Florence except for hair color. Irma has had an accident and has lost part of her memory at a certain point of her recent past, and Pierre slowly persuades himself she is Florence, but cannot remember it. Advised by Ms.Blanche, Irma finally accepts to act as if she was Florence because she is falling in love with Pierre. Near the end of his contract with the Legion, Pierre receives news from France. He has inherited a fortune. He asks Irma to come to France with him, and they make plans. But Clement tries to rape Irma and Pierre has to kill him.

    Actors (20)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Films de France

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Alexandre Kamenka

    Screenwriters :

    Jacques Feyder, Charles Spaak

    Music Composer :

    Hanns Eisler

    Assistant directors :

    Charles Barrois, Marcel Carné

    Production Designer :

    Lazare Meerson

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1934

    French release :

    27/04/1934

    Runtime :

    2 h

    Current status :

    Released

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (2)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1934

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1934)

    Selection

    Official Competition