The Eternal Return

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Eternal Return L'Eternel Retour translates the Tristan and Isolde legend into contemporary e.g. 1939 terms. The Tristan counterpart, Patrice Jean Marais, falls in love with the modern-day Isolde, named Nathalie. Actually he has fallen for two Nathalies: when Nathalie I Madeleine Sologne spurns his offer of marriage, he turns his attentions to Nathalie II Junie Astor. Still carrying a torch for Nathalie I, Patrice attempts a nocturnal rendezvous with his true love on the eve of his wedding. Because of a tragic ...
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Eternal Return L'Eternel Retour translates the Tristan and Isolde legend into contemporary e.g. 1939 terms. The Tristan counterpart, Patrice Jean Marais, falls in love with the modern-day Isolde, named Nathalie. Actually he has fallen for two Nathalies: when Nathalie I Madeleine Sologne spurns his offer of marriage, he turns his attentions to Nathalie II Junie Astor. Still carrying a torch for Nathalie I, Patrice attempts a nocturnal rendezvous with his true love on the eve of his wedding. Because of a tragic blunder, Patrice and Nathalie I are reunited only in death. The dream-like quality of Eternal Return is due more to the input of screenwriter Jean Cocteau than director Jean Delannoy. The film, with its mystical trappings and ethereal performances, can now be viewed as a precursor to Cocteau's own Beauty and the Beast.
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  • Release Date: 11/11/1998
  • UPC: 759259180710
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Water Bearer Films
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Marais Patrice
Madeleine Sologne Nathalie I
Jean Murat Marc
Yvonne de Bray Gertrude
Junie Astor Nathalie II
Roland Toutain Lionel
Jane Marken [Jeanne] Anne
Jean D'Yd Amedee
Alexandre Rignault Morolt
Pierre Pieral Achille
Technical Credits
Jean Delannoy Director
Georges Auric Score Composer
Jean Cocteau Screenwriter
Suzanne Fauvel Editor
Roger Hubert Cinematographer
André Paulve Producer
Georges Wakhévitch Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
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