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Christine (1937)

Un carnet de bal (original title)
Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates.

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Julien Duvivier
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Baur ... Alain Regnault
Marie Bell ... Christine Surgère
Pierre Blanchar ... Thierry Raynal
Fernandel ... Fabien Coutissol
Louis Jouvet ... Pierre Verdier, dit Jo
Raimu ... Francois Patusset
Françoise Rosay ... Marguerite Audié
Pierre Richard-Willm ... Eric Irvin
Maurice Bénard Maurice Bénard ... Brémond
Robert Lynen ... Jacques Dambreval
Milly Mathis Milly Mathis ... Cécile Galtéry
Sylvie ... La maîtresse de Thierry
Andrex ... Paul
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La marchande de journaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... Fred
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Storyline

After the death of her husband, Christine realizes she has possibly wasted her life by marrying him instead of the man towards whom, in her youth, she had a stronger inclination. To overcome these dreary thoughts, she decides to find out about him and the other men who danced with her during a ball that was a turning point in her life, many years ago. She pays a visit to those forgotten acquaintances one after the other; Christine is not only surprised to see how they have fared, but also discovers the impact she had, unknowingly, on the feelings and the destiny of these persons. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

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Dance Program See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Remade as Lydia (1941) See more »

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Valse Grise
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Duvivier Didn't Like Women
3 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When her husband of 19 years dies at his desk in their magnificent Italian estate, Marie Bell goes in search of meaning to her life by visiting the men of her dance card from her first ball.

It's another example of Julien Duvivier's poetic realism, but from th viewpoint of the femme fatale. And here we have finally exposed what the f.f. Is thinking and it's... not much. After 19 years of married life, she concludes she never loved her husband and goes to find the men who swore they'd love her forever and find out what she's been missing.

In other words, it's another soap opera of the type that does not appeal to me. Mlle Bell has gotten everything she had bargained for, and, being unhappy, feels no need to give up anything in the exchange for happiness.

I suspect Duvivier felt the same way as I. He rarely seemed to like any of the women in his movies.

Despite that, I found this a very enjoyable movie, because of the men she goes to visit. While some of them have depressing stories, some of them have gotten on with their lives, like Raimu, Harry Baur, and in a beautiful performance, Louis Jouvet. The best of them have learned to compromise with their ambitions, and have some satisfaction. The others, not so much.


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