Heart Of A Nation

Overview

Heart of a Nation was filmed in 1940, just after the Nazi occupation of Paris. The film traces the fortunes of the Froment family of Montmartre, from the Franco-Prussian war of 1871 to World War II. Comedy and tragedy are deftly blended throughout; Raimu's visit to the Moulin Rouge is as hilarious as Michele Morgan's loss of an arm during World War I is heartbreaking. When the Nazis became privy to the existence of Heart of a Nation, they ordered its director Julien Duvivier arrested and the negative destroyed. ...
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Overview

Heart of a Nation was filmed in 1940, just after the Nazi occupation of Paris. The film traces the fortunes of the Froment family of Montmartre, from the Franco-Prussian war of 1871 to World War II. Comedy and tragedy are deftly blended throughout; Raimu's visit to the Moulin Rouge is as hilarious as Michele Morgan's loss of an arm during World War I is heartbreaking. When the Nazis became privy to the existence of Heart of a Nation, they ordered its director Julien Duvivier arrested and the negative destroyed. Both director and negative managed to escape to the U.S., where a dubbed version of Heart of a Nation was finally made available in 1943. Intriguingly enough, the man responsible for the salvation of the film was a German officer who happened to be a fan of Duvivier's work.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • UPC: 089218464095
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,800

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michèle Morgan Marie
Suzy Prim Estelle
Raimu Jules Froment
Louis Jouvet Pierre Froment/Felix
Lucien Nat Bernard
Renee Devillers Gabrielle
Jean Mercanton Alain
Harry Krimer Robert Leonard
Charles Boyer Commentator
Robert Le Vigan
Technical Credits
Julien Duvivier Director, Screenwriter
Paul Graetz Director, Producer
Marcel Achard Screenwriter
Guy de Gastyne Art Director
Rosine Delamare Costumes/Costume Designer
George Freedland Editor
Jules Kruger Cinematographer
Charles Spaak Screenwriter
Jean Weiner Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:49]
3. Chapter 2 [12:20]
4. Chapter 3 [13:07]
5. Chapter 4 [13:53]
6. Chapter 5 [14:50]
7. Chapter 6 [13:26]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Index
   Catalog
   Coming Attractions
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