Le bon Dieu sans confession (1953)

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Based on the novel by Paul Vialar. Stuck in a loveless marriage, bourgeois industrialist Francois falls in love with Janine, another man's wife.


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28 February 2020 | ulicknormanowen
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At the time, the movie was slagged off and it was Autant-Lara's poorest box office since the Liberation.

Although it cannot be mentioned in the same breath as the director's greatest achievements , "le Bon dieu sans confession" (butter wouldn't melt in his/her mouth ) has worn remarkably well.Its construction makes dizzy : the movie looks like a giant jigsaw puzzle , which can confuse the viewer : some of its pieces are only added in the last part ;Two thirds are made of flashbacks , and the story is never linear , flouting chronology .

As always in Autant-Lara's works,the actors are masterfully directed :Danielle Darrieux is not the romantic woman who married the wrong man ,but a selfish calculating one ;Henri Vilbert ,playing the not-so-handsome lover and Ivan Desny,the abandoned husband are cast against type and it works.

But it may well be the young generation who walks off with the honors: Claude Laydu ,as the idealist son who shows the director's anticlerical side ,and isabelle Pia ,who makes her great scene count , are Autant-Lara's hope against hope :"do you think that a child can be happy when he sees that his father do not love his mother?"Their last scene 's soundtrack was to be a working sound symphony ,but the producer had it replaced by JS Bach music .

In spite of his infamous last years, Autant-Lara's Occupation and post-war works are to be considered French finest hour.

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9 October 1953



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