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Life Begins Tomorrow (1950)

La vie commence demain (original title)
Become a man of tomorrow ,and leave a little the past behind.

Director:

Nicole Védrès

Writer:

Nicole Védrès
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Man of Today
André Labarthe André Labarthe ... Himself
Jean-Paul Sartre ... Himself
Jean Rostand Jean Rostand ... Himself
Daniel Lagache Daniel Lagache ... Himself
Pablo Picasso ... Himself
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris ... Himself (as Le Corbusier)
André Gide ... Himself
Irène Joliot-Curie ... Herself
Frédéric Joliot-Curie ... Himself
Jacques Prévert Jacques Prévert ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcel Petiot Marcel Petiot ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Marcel Petiot)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
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A helicopter spots a John Doe on the road ,lands and takes him away :they ask him where he is bound for;he wants to visit Paris,the catacombs ,the Mint,the Conciergerie ;then the man who takes him away on his plane,tells him he should become a man of tomorrow ,and leave a little the past behind. After a little time in the cellars of Saint-Germain-Des -Prés ,and in the Café De Flore ,it is only natural that he meets Jean-Paul Sartre .Afterward, our hero will meet the most influential personalities of the era: architect Le Corbusier,writer André Gide,Picasso, scientists such as physicists Frederic and Irène Joliot-Curie and biologist Jean Rostand who prophesies cloning. Written by dbdumonteil

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SEE this Cast of the Century in a fascinating story of a young man's adventures in a fabulous future!

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Documentary | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 November 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first film to receive an X certificate in the UK. See more »

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Time capsule
13 July 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In 1950,something completely different from your usual French movie,directed by a woman (who is not Jacqueline Audry),a documentary ,in a way ,but with an actor , cast as"man of today" .

Jean-Pierre Aumont was the most famous young romantic male lead of the French thirties ;he is here the man of today ,the early fifties' John Doe,Mr Man -On -the -street.

Man on the road ,more like;a helicopter spots him ,lands and takes him away :they ask him where he is bound for;he wants to visit Paris,the catacombs ,the Mint,the Conciergerie ;then the man who takes him away in his plane,tells him he should become a man of tomorrow ,and leave a little the past behind.

After a little time in the cellars of Saint-Germain-Des -Prés ,and in the Café De Flore ,it is only natural that he meets Jean-Paul Sartre ;this scene sets a pattern for the rest of the movie where our hero will meet the most influential personalities of the era: architect Le Corbusier,writer André Gide,Picasso, scientists such as physicists Frederic and Irène Joliot-Curie and biologist Jean Rostand who prophesies cloning;at the time science went from strength to strength ,but the scientists never forget that the Earth is nothing but a dust in the universe ,and that man has invented his doom,the atom bomb;Sartre insists on the fact that the man of tomorrow must feel his responsibility ,even in events that concerns him vicariously;in 1950 ,the horror of the concentration camps were still on people 's minds . It's a dense movie,a ferment of ideas ,in a form which could not really attract the audience who wanted to be entertained after the dark hours of WW2;in spite of a Bafta award nomination,the movie is today completely forgotten.

Some kind of equivalent of "La Vie Est A Nous" (1936)for the early fifties,this Docu-drama is obviously dated ,but it is a true time capsule of the beginning of "Les Trentes Glorieuses" ,the thirty years boom after WW2


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