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Lucrèce (1943)

Lucrèce, a famous actress, is bothered first, then flattered by the passionate testimonies of love given to her by François, a 12th grade student infatuated with her. Taking pity on the boy... See full summary »

Director:

Léo Joannon

Writers:

Georges Neveux (dialogue), Claude-André Puget (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwige Feuillère ... Lucrèce
Pierre Jourdan ... Rudi Daré
Jean Tissier ... Barbanzanges
Jean Mercanton Jean Mercanton ... François
Marcelle Monthil ... Christine
Louis Seigner ... Maître Broizin - le tuteur de François
Sinoël Sinoël ... Le premier commanditaire
Charles Lemontier Charles Lemontier ... Le deuxième commanditaire
Geneviève Morel Geneviève Morel ... L'habilleuse
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... La gouvernante du tuteur
Marc Doelnitz Marc Doelnitz ... Un collégien
Jean Buquet Jean Buquet ... Un collégien
Jacques Emmanuel Jacques Emmanuel ... Un collégien
Daniel Gélin ... Un collégien
Pierre Ringel Pierre Ringel ... Un collégien
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Lucrèce, a famous actress, is bothered first, then flattered by the passionate testimonies of love given to her by François, a 12th grade student infatuated with her. Taking pity on the boy, Lucrèce decides to heal him of his madness and with this in mind she invites him for a working holiday on her farm. Instead, she falls in love with the cherub. At a time, her young lover grows so jealous of her that he attempts suicide. The mature actress then understands that their love story is going nowhere. She will remain alone while François will forget her. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The older woman
17 October 2009 | by kinsayderSee all my reviews

The screenplay of Lucrèce was inspired by a real incident in Edwige Feuillère's life. A Parisian schoolboy, infatuated with the actress, announced to his classmates that he was her son. When the rumour reached the actress, the boy was reprimanded by his headmistress and the matter ended. In the film version, things go further, with the actress Lucrèce (played by Feuillère) taking pity on the boy and inviting him for a working holiday on her farm, where an unlikely relationship develops...

Around this time, Henri Decoin was directing his young wife Danielle Darrieux in a series of comedies which often cast her as the schoolgirl love interest of an older man. Here, director Léo Joannon reverses the proposition, with Jean Mercanton awkwardly cast as a sort of male Darrieux to Feuillère's older woman.

Feuillère was fresh from the success of L'Honorable Catherine, a fizzing screwball comedy directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Lucrèce was expected to be another hit, but it flopped, weighed down by an overly melodramatic script, and by an imbalanced cast which leaves young Mercanton struggling in love scenes with the more mature and talented Feuillère.

In supporting roles, watch out for Pierre Jourdan (brother of the more famous Louis) as the rival for Lucrèce's affections, and Jean Tissier, one of the best character actors of the period, as Mercanton's batty headmaster.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 December 1943 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor sin mañana See more »

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Majestic Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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