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Between Love and Duty (1960)

Le bois des amants (original title)
An impossible love between a French resistant fighter and a German officer's wife during WW2.

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara
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Complete credited cast:
Laurent Terzieff ... Charles Parisot
Erika Remberg ... Hertha von Stauffen
Horst Frank ... Le colonel von Stauffen (as Horst Franck)
Gert Fröbe ... Le général (as Gert Froebe)
Claude Farell
Lutz Gabor Lutz Gabor ... Le lieutenant Müller
Richard Larke Richard Larke ... Le lieutenant-instructeur de la R.A.F.
Christian Melsen Christian Melsen
Claude Vernier Claude Vernier ... Un soldat allemand
Monique Bertho Monique Bertho ... Jeannette
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... L'interprète / Interpreter
Françoise Rosay ... Madame Parisot
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WW2,in occupied Brittany:a military German woman comes to visit her husband ,a Kommandatur officer .She is billeted on a local inhabitant ,a widow ,whose son is part of the resistance fighters .What will happen next? French resistant Charles and German Erika fall in love with each other ,but their affair is already doomed ,and they will share one single night together while the Germans are enjoying a Christmas Réveillon at the German military command. Written by dbdumonteil

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 August 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovers Woods See more »

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Mono
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Franch visa # 23301 delivered on 22-7-1960. See more »

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Remake of This Mad World (1930) See more »

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O Tannebaum
music: traditional
lyrics by Ernst Anschütz (1824)
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Another impossible love.
20 August 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was not the first time Claude Autant-Lara had broached the impossible love subject.His "le diable au corps " from Raymond Radiguet remains one of the great classics of the French cinema.It's not good news this time.

WW2,in occupied Brittany:a military German woman comes to visit her husband ,a Kommandatur officer .She is billeted on a local inhabitant ,a widow (Françoise Rosay) ,whose son is part of the resistance fighters .What will happen next?Shall I have to spell it out? The best sequence is the depiction of the réveillon (Christmas's eve dinner) at the German military command.But it is impossible to believe in the two lovers' impossible love.

Autant-Lara did not probably like this job.He was about to make his most daring work ,"Tu ne tueras point", which featured two of the actors of "le bois des amants" ,Laurent Terzieff and Horst Frank.


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