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The Adultress (1953)

Thérèse Raquin (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 6 November 1953 (France)
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Marcel Carné (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Thérèse Raquin
Raf Vallone ... Laurent
Jacques Duby Jacques Duby ... Camille Raquin
Maria Pia Casilio ... Georgette, la bonne
Marcel André Marcel André ... Michaud
Martial Rèbe Martial Rèbe ... Grivet (as Martial Rebe)
Paul Frankeur ... Le contrôleur
Alain Terrane Alain Terrane ... Un camioneur
Bernard Véron Bernard Véron ... Le postier
Jean Sylvère Jean Sylvère ... (as Jean Sylvere)
Francette Vernillat Francette Vernillat ... Françoise, la bossue
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Le chef de gare de Dijon
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... (as Jacques Hiling)
Jean Rozenberg Jean Rozenberg
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Madame Noblet, une cliente (as Madeleine Barbulé)
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Storyline

Therese has a boring life. She married Camille, her cousin, a sickly haberdasher, fully dominated by his mother (who lives with them). She dreams about passion. One day comes a truckdriver, Laurent... and of course they fall in love. But they will be pursued by fate. Written by Yepok

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Based on ZOLA's most powerful novel "Therese Raquin" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adultress See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System PM51)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raf Vallone refused to be dubbed in the French version and had his contract amended accordingly. The scenario was also slightly changed to "Italianize" the character of Laurent. See more »

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Version of Thérèse Raquin (1965) See more »

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Vivid and brooding, a Euro-noir, with a cold, stunning Signoret...slow but alive
30 August 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Therese Raquin (1953)

You may be familiar with the lead actress, Simone Signoret, from Les Diaboliques, made a year after this film, and she plays a similar conflicted or complex, strong type of woman in a sordid world. She plays the title character, based on a Zola story, who is swept into a romance she doesn't completely expect and then a murder that she doesn't completely abhor.

And she is rather brilliant, a slightly different type than American actresses of the time, but commanding in her stoic intelligence. The two men are both first rate, one a foreign (Italian) charmer and the other a sharper fellow who is only slightly over his head. In fact, everyone is just slightly extended into decisions they don't quite know how to make. The fact that things go wrong is just part of great drama, and part of life, too.

The filming (photography and editing) is totally gorgeous here, The plot progresses slowly enough it might seem to drag, but I think it works in the long run, setting a deliberate and inevitable pace to events. What is maybe weakest is the ending, where things get a little spectacular, perhaps in a fascinating way, but certainly no longer believable.

Director Marcel Carne is no household name in this country, but the strength of this film alone makes me want to find others and get a feel for his style. Recommended for those who like drama, melodrama, and a sort of Euro-noir style, and who don't mind reading subtitles.


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