Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

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Director: Marcel Carné

Cast: Marcel Carné, Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby

     
 
The grim Emile Zola "naturalist" novel Therese Raquin has been vividly cinematized by director Marcel Carne. Simone Signoret plays the title character, the long-suffering housewife who dreams of a more romantic life-partner than the bourgeois Camille (Jacques Duby). Therese enjoys a torrid affair with burly truck-driver Laurent (Raf Vallone), only to realize

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The grim Emile Zola "naturalist" novel Therese Raquin has been vividly cinematized by director Marcel Carne. Simone Signoret plays the title character, the long-suffering housewife who dreams of a more romantic life-partner than the bourgeois Camille (Jacques Duby). Therese enjoys a torrid affair with burly truck-driver Laurent (Raf Vallone), only to realize the true emptiness of her aspirations. Ultimately, Therese brings about her own destruction, never truly learning to appreciate what she already has. In the U.S., Therese Raquin was released under the come-on cognomen The Adulteress.

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The journalism-influenced prose of Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin is a promising fit with Marcel Carné's poetic realism and is a highlight of his postwar work. He transfers the action from 19th century Paris to present day Lyons where Thérèse Raquin (Simone Signoret emerging from self-imposed quasi-retirement) is miserably married to her sniveling mama's boy cousin Camille (Jacques Duby). Thérèse lives a dull life and her immersion into the affair with Laurent (Raf Vallone) and its fateful aftermath come in small strokes. A lifetime of repression has left her perpetually stone faced and Signoret gives an extraordinarily subtle mien to the character; she flirts with an almost imperceptible smile. Her aspirations are thwarted by Camille's mother, played by aging diva Sylvie with absolute authority and righteous fury. In a remarkable, if underutilized, plot twist a stroke leaves Madame Raquin paralyzed and Sylvie relishes the opportunity to channel all of her character's stifled energy to her eyes. The predictable thrust of the story is saved by the final act introduction of despicable, yet sympathetic Riton (Roland Le Saffre), a luckless societal outcast who the unbilled Le Saffre has act out with the manic pent-up desperation beneath all the characters. Thérèse Raquin contains elements of the then popular French crime films along with the stereotypically melodramatic elements of a pessimistic lower class lament, but with Carné's impassive eye and peculiar, fascinating performances by Signoret and Sylvie, the movie succeeds as a neorealist soap opera.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
UPC:
0738329044428
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
48,984

Special Features

Marcel Carné filmography; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simone Signoret Therese Raquin
Raf Vallone Laurent
Jacques Duby Camille Raquin
Roland Le Saffre Riton, the sailor
Sylvie Madame Raquin
Maria Pia Casilio Georgette
Marcel André Actor
Paul Frankeur Actor
Jean Sylvere Actor
Lucien Hubert Actor
Madeleine Barbulee Actor
Nerio Bernardi The doctor

Technical Credits
Marcel Carné Director,Screenwriter
Antoine Archimbaud Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Bertrand Production Designer
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Roger Hubert Cinematographer
Mayo Costumes/Costume Designer
Henri Rust Editor
Charles Spaak Screenwriter
Maurice Thiriet Score Composer
Jean Valere Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Therese Raquin
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. Without Legs [6:24]
3. At the Races [5:50]
4. Invitation to Travel [3:42]
5. Learning to Lie [8:40]
6. The Black Cat [4:50]
7. What a Husband Is [5:25]
8. Night Train to Paris [6:46]
9. A Brief Inquiry [10:31]
10. Heavier Dead Than Alive [9:41]
11. Caring for Mother [7:29]
12. Soldier of Fortune [3:53]
13. Willing to Negotiate [6:43]
14. Closing the Case [7:46]
15. The Contract [3:10]
16. Fate [7:03]

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