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David Golder

David Golder

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Le Film d'Art (Vandal et Delac)

Release in France : 06/03/1931


    Director Julien Duvivier's first talking picture, David Golder was based on a novel by Irene Nemirowsky. Harry Baur plays the title character, a poor but enterprising Polish Jew who re-invents himself as a powerful New York business magnate. Now a millionaire, Golder relocates to Paris, while his profligate wife and daughter spend his money at an exhausting rate in Biarritz. When he tries to curb their spending, his wife spitefully tells him that she has been unfaithful for years and that his beloved daughter is not his child. She further dares him to "do something" about her appalling behavior. Golder gets his revenge by deliberately allowing his business to collapse, forcing his wife to take drastic measures to recoup her wealth. As a final touch, Golder enters into an oil deal that will net him a fortune then signs over all the money to his daughter -- on the proviso that his wife is cut off without a penny. This done, David Golder dies in self-imposed poverty, having learned a bitter lesson about money and happiness.

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    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Le Film d'Art (Vandal et Delac)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    Full credits (11)

    Adaptation :

    Julien Duvivier

    Producers :

    Marcel Vandal, Charles Delac

    Directors of Photography :

    Georges Perinal, Armand Thirard, Walter

    Assistant Operator :

    Philippe Agostini

    Editor :

    Jean Feyte

    Music Composers :

    Walter Goehr, Léon Algazy

    Author of original work :

    Irène Némirovsky

    Screenwriter :

    Julien Duvivier

    Sound Recordist :

    Hermann Storr

    Production Manager :

    Pierre O'Connell

    Production Designers :

    Lazare Meerson, Alexandre Trauner

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 26 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1932

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1932)


    Official Competition