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La Vérité (1960)

La vérité (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 November 1960 (France)
A liberated small-town girl and the family's black sheep moves to Paris with her sister, only to find herself standing trial for the shocking murder of her young lover. Was his killing premeditated or was this a crime of passion?

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Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario), Simone Drieu (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Dominique Marceau
Paul Meurisse ... Maître Éparvier
Charles Vanel ... Maître Guérin
Sami Frey ... Gilbert Tellier
Marie-José Nat ... Annie Marceau
Jean-Loup Reynold ... Michel
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Ludovic
Claude Berri ... Georges
Jacques Perrin ... Jérôme
Barbara Sommers Barbara Sommers ... Daisy (as Barbara Sohmers)
Louis Seigner ... Le président des assises
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... Le cuistot du 'Spoutnik'
René Blancard ... L'avocat général
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Un greffier
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... Un avocat
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Storyline

Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident? The acquaintances of Gilbert testify, as well as Dominique's former lovers, and her sister, Annie, the studious violin player engaged to Gilbert. The evidence they give progressively paints a more finely-shaded picture of the personalities of Dominique and Gilbert, and of their relationship, than the eloquent and convincing justifications of the counsels. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@nokia.com>

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Can you take the shock of the truth? See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 November 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Truth See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1961)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 64267 delivered on 20-4-1974. See more »

Quotes

The Prosecuting Attorney: You spent weeks seducing him, didn't you? Weeks!
Dominique's Attorney: Objection! What length of time should she have spent? Is there any legal limit on how long a seduction ought to take?
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Referenced in Dance, Little Children (1961) See more »

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L'oiseau de feu
Written by Igor Stravinsky
Editions Schott
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The best thing Bardot ever did.
31 August 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Far from the best of Clouzot and consequently not much revived but of considerable interest nevertheless for giving Bardot her best part. She plays a young woman on trial for murdering her lover and it alternates between the trial itself and the events leading up to the killing. It's got an outstanding cast, (Charles Vanel and Paul Meurisse are excellent as opposing lawyers and Bardot herself is terrific), and yet it often feels rather common-place, (Clouzot, his wife Vera and 4 others are credited with the screenplay; maybe a case of too many cooks?). For once, he doesn't build any suspense and you never really care what happens to Bardot. In the end it's the personality of the victim, (a first-rate Sami Frey), that proves to be the film's point of interest, though at 130 minutes it is something of a long haul.


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