Le destin exécrable de Guillemette Babin (1948)

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Being born a witch's daughter did not bode well for your future in the Middle Ages. Guillaumette tries to stay on the straight and narrow with a little help from a priest she visits.


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5 November 2010 | dbdumonteil
Vredens dag/Day of wrath
The word "execrable" (which has the same meaning in English) is never used for a title of a movie .Perhaps the director wanted to warn the audience ,to urge them not to follow in his heroine 's steps ;and maybe to clear his name because of the censorship ;which did not prevent the Office Catholique Du Cinema from forbidding their flock the movie.

Being born a witch's daughter did not bode well for your future in the Middle Ages .However much Guillaumette tries to stay on the straight and narrow with a little help from a priest she visits ,what's bred in the bone comes out in the flesh.On the very night of her wedding,the infamous girl leaves the conjugal bed - one should say that her hubby could easily be her grandfather- to attend (and take part in) an execrable sabbath;this long sequence with topless women provoked an angry response from the well-meaning people ;it was rather risqué for the time.The director astutely allowed some doubt to remain about the reality of the event and thus (modestly) predated Roman Polanski's own ceremony in "Rosemary's baby" .

Too bad the director was not really up to scratch cause there was an original subject;too bad highly talented Germaine Kerjean disappeared after ten minutes ....nothing here to match Val Lewton's productions ,just a curiosity lost in the French cinema of the late forties .

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Release Date:

15 October 1948

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French


Country of Origin

France

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