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Le duel (1941)

A priest does not want his brother to marry the woman he secretly loves.

Director:

Pierre Fresnay

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Henri Lavedan (play), Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario & dialogue) (as H.G. Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Yvonne Printemps ... Thérèse Jaillon
Raimu ... le Père Bolène
Pierre Fresnay ... Abbé Daniel Maurey
Raymond Rouleau ... Henri Maurey
Anthony Carretier Anthony Carretier ... Jaillon (as A. Carretier)
Antoine Balpêtré ... Le constructeur Bugnet (as Balpétré)
François Périer ... François (as François Perier)
André Numès Fils André Numès Fils ... Le fou (as Numès fils)
Nina Sinclair Nina Sinclair ... La infirmière
Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois ... Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois
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Daniel is a priest who is still a man ,in spite of all he says to everyone around.He becomes the "spiritual adviser" of a deserted wife whose husband ,an aviator , is a celebrity.Enter the priest's brother, a "heathen" surgeon who confesses his love to the woman (on the Eiffel tower!).But the holy man is not prepared to accept it even when the husband dies in a plane crash:he urges her to leave this world for higher "spiritual" concerns,that is to say to become a nun. Written by dbdumonteil

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Duel in the sin.
6 September 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Le duel" is Pierre Fresnay's only attempt at directing a movie.And considering the results,he was probably wise not to make another one.

"Le duel" is entertaining ,if it is not taken literally: it's an incredible melodrama ,probably the only one which features a confession,complete with act of contrition.

Pierre Fresnay liked parts of priests:he was admirable in "Monsieur Vincent"(by Maurice Cloche) which was a biography of Saint Vincent de Paul.As for the others...

"Le défroqué "(by Leo Joannon) was an extravaganza where a defrocked priest( Fresnay )made a young seminarian drink the consecrated wine before throwing up in the toilets!

"Le duel" is another extravaganza where Fresnay plays a priest who is still a man ,in spite of all he says to everyone around.He becomes the "spiritual adviser" of a deserted wife (Yvonne Printemps,Fresnay's wife in real life)whose husband ,an aviator , is a celebrity.Enter the priest's brother, a "heathen" surgeon who confesses his love to the woman (on the Eiffel tower!).But the holy man is not prepared to accept it even when the husband dies in a plane crash:he urges her to leave this world for higher "spiritual" concerns,that is to say to become a nun! Pierre Fresnay even casts Raimu (with whom he played opposite in Pagnol's famous trilogy "César/Fanny/Marius") as another priest half missionary half guru (without his Provençal accent).

NB :Amazing! Screenplay by HG Clouzot who would brilliantly direct Fresnay later!


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Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1941 (France) See more »

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