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The Adultress (1953)

Thérèse Raquin (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 6 November 1953 (France)
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Marcel Carné (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Thérèse Raquin
Raf Vallone ... Laurent
Jacques Duby Jacques Duby ... Camille Raquin
Maria Pia Casilio ... Georgette, la bonne
Marcel André Marcel André ... Michaud
Martial Rèbe Martial Rèbe ... Grivet (as Martial Rebe)
Paul Frankeur ... Le contrôleur
Alain Terrane Alain Terrane ... Un camioneur
Bernard Véron Bernard Véron ... Le postier
Jean Sylvère Jean Sylvère ... (as Jean Sylvere)
Francette Vernillat Francette Vernillat ... Françoise, la bossue
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Le chef de gare de Dijon
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... (as Jacques Hiling)
Jean Rozenberg Jean Rozenberg
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Madame Noblet, une cliente (as Madeleine Barbulé)
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Storyline

Therese has a boring life. She married Camille, her cousin, a sickly haberdasher, fully dominated by his mother (who lives with them). She dreams about passion. One day comes a truckdriver, Laurent... and of course they fall in love. But they will be pursued by fate. Written by Yepok

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ONE MOMENT OF PASSION - and these two plunge deeper and deeper into the coils of their crime! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adultress See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System PM51)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raf Vallone refused to be dubbed in the French version and had his contract amended accordingly. The scenario was also slightly changed to "Italianize" the character of Laurent. See more »

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Version of Thérèse Raquin (1956) See more »

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Thérèse Raquin
12 March 2017 | by HitchcockyanSee all my reviews

A riveting modernization of the eponymous Emile Zola novel, THÉRÈSE RAQUIN chronicles the adulterous infatuation between a burly truck-driver and the beautiful, badgered wife of his feeble colleague that results in murder, blackmail and psychological-damnation. Marcel Carné deftly taps into the mechanics of American film-noir of the 1940s with conspicuous blending of plots of two celebrated James M. Cain classics: "DOUBLE INDEMNITY" & "THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE" and skilfully harmonizes it with the drab and monotonous lifestyle of the French bourgeoisie. There are subtle nods to Hitchcock's "BLACKMAIL" and uncanny parallels with Park Chan-Wook's "THIRST" (which in retrospect make perfect sense as Park also borrowed significantly from the Zola novel.)

Simone Signoret is phenomenal as the titular lead and her transformation from a browbeaten wife trapped in a loveless marriage to a sympathetic femme-fatale is adroitly handled. Her restrained turn might seem too stoic at first but she exudes volumes through her apathetic veneer. Raf Vallone (reminiscent of a brooding Burt Lancaster) is convincing as the impulsive truck driver who's determined on unshackling Thérèse from her oppressive, wretched existence. Roland Lesaffre's addition as the greasy, opportunistic sailor further strengthens the elements of suspense in the story. The naturalistic B+W photography is excellent and maintains a healthy balance between carefully choreographed claustrophobic scenarios and exquisite exterior compositions.

Thérèse Raquin represents French film-making of the old school where storytelling was paramount and is recommended to connoisseurs of classic film-noir


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