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The Benefactor (1942)

Le bienfaiteur (original title)


Henri Decoin (as Henry Decoin)


Pierre Ashelbe (screenplay) (as Ashelbe), Yves Mirande (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raimu ... Monsieur Moulinet
Suzy Prim ... Irène Berger
Pierre Larquey ... Noblet
Lucienne Delyle Lucienne Delyle ... La chanteuse
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Le conservateur des hypothèques (as Bergeron)
Yves Deniaud Yves Deniaud ... Vinchon (as Deniaud)
Alexandre Rignault ... Le patron
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Gertrude, la bonne (as Hélèna Manson)
André Fouché André Fouché ... Claude de Vitrac
Pierre Jourdan ... Le type du bar
Louis Salou ... Deltouche - le bijoutier (as Salou)
Marguerite Ducouret Marguerite Ducouret ... Madame Noblet
Rosine Luguet Rosine Luguet ... Noémie
Anne Vandène Anne Vandène ... Simone (as Anne Vanden)
Made Siamé Made Siamé ... Madame Barraton - la patronne du bar (as Mad Siamé)


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11 December 1942 (France) See more »

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Amore proibito See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Lite Duvivier
15 June 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Henry Decoin is an underrated interesting director whose movies have often stood the test of time.When he's at his best ("la vérité sur bébé donge" "non coupable") he displays Julien Duvivier's and Henri-Georges Clouzot's influence,but he's not as noir as them.

Take "le bienfaiteur":like Clouzot's "le corbeau" ,which was to be released the following year it deals with the good and the evil in a Provinces town.But Clouzot would have not allowed himself such a redeeming and "moral" end ,Duvivier wouldn't either."Le bienfaiteur" is the case of the man who leads a double life ,sometimes a highly respected man,sometimes a gang leader :it's not that much original a story but Raimu's genius would make you swallow the lousiest screeplay.Dig this line he repeats four (you read well) times:"When your heart stops beating,you're dead"(sic).Besides,his flame, a holier-than -thou spinster whom he wants to marry (well played by Suzy Prim) lives in another world of charitable organization (orphan girls),always surrounded by Virgin Mary statues.

The man who leads a double life subject will be better applied on "non coupable" ,the best Decoin's attempt at a true film noir."Non coupable" ,unfortunately,and in spite of Michel Simon's presence ,remains widely overlooked ,even among French cine buffs.

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