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Fièvres (1942)

A celebrated singer ,Jean Dupray,is torn between his wife,Maria , and a Femme Fatale .

Director:

Jean Delannoy

Writers:

Charles Méré (adaptation), Charles Méré (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tino Rossi ... Le ténor Jean Dupray
Jacqueline Delubac ... Edith Watkins
Ginette Leclerc ... Rose
Madeleine Sologne Madeleine Sologne ... Maria Dupray
Mathilde Alberti Mathilde Alberti ... La patronne du café
Marcelle Yrven ... La vieille actrice
Jacques Louvigny Jacques Louvigny ... Tardivel - l'impresario
René Génin René Génin ... Louis Martet
Lucien Gallas Lucien Gallas ... Le jeune homme traqué
Jean Reynols Jean Reynols ... Le prieur
André Bervil André Bervil ... Antonio
André Carnège André Carnège ... Le médecin
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Georges
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Caboussol
Eugène Frouhins Eugène Frouhins ... La cabotin
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A celebrated singer Jean Dupray,is torn between his wife,Maria , and a Femme Fatale , an American woman .While the husband is singing "Maria" on stage ("a song dedicated to the human being I love the most")the aforementioned Maria,suffering from TB ,breathes her last. Incapable to cope with this loss,desperate ,the singer calls it a day. Jean is living now in a humble small house .Not far from the village,there's a convent and sometimes,Jean is drawn to this place where heavenly choirs are heard. Written by dbdumonteil

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 January 1942 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Fieber der Liebe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Minerva See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa # 554. See more »

Soundtracks

Un soir... une nuit
Music by Henri Bourtayre
Lyrics by Jean Féline
Performed by Tino Rossi
Published and copyrighted (1941) by Editions Paul Beuscher
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Sunday morning fever
21 September 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

My Norwegian friend calls it " a guilty pleasure " and it is exactly what it is.Jean Delannoy who was a true believer made a lot of films directly dealing (or hinting at) with religion :" "la Symphonie Pastorale" "Dieu A Besoin des Hommes" "Bernadette" "Marie de Nazareth".That he transferred to the screen Sartre's "Les Jeux Sont Faits" was downright surprising.

"Fièvres" begins and ends in a convent ;the first scenes show Tino Rossi's shadow singing "Ave Maria".Up comes a bloodthirsty man whose wife ran away with another guy.Then a priest tells him a long tale ,the story of a man who was once like him and who now leads a life of peace in the monastery.Flashback.

The flashback is made up of two parts,the first one is a melodrama a la L'Herbier:a celebrated singer Jean Dupray,is torn between his wife (Madeleine Sologne)and a femme fatale (Jacqueline Delubac).As Tino Rossi was first a singer,this part is some kind of musical.A short dialog between the husband and the wife is sung,some kind of "Parapluies de Cherbourg" in miniature twenty years before.Jacqueline Delubac portrays an American woman but she never speaks English and she hasn't even got the slightest Yankee accent (Betty Stockfeld who was working in France would have been a better choice).But all is forgotten with the wife's death,Delannoy at his kitchest :while the hubby is singing "Maria" on stage ("a song dedicated to the human being I love the most")the aforementioned Maria,suffering from TB ,breathes her last.

Incapable to cope with this loss,desperate ,the singer calls it a day and disappears .Then begins a second part which recalls Marcel Pagnol's style,and not only because it takes place under the hot sun of Provence. Jean is living in a humble small house with his new pal who is about to get married.But,alas,the soon-to-be-wife is played by Ginette Leclerc ("La Femme Du Boulanger" ) ,par excellence the "bad girl" actress.Not far from the village,ther's a convent (see above) and sometimes,Jean is drawn to this place where heavenly choirs are heard.

A guilty pleasure,for sure,but a pleasure for all that!


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