Story of Adele H.

The Story of Adele H.

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Director: François Truffaut

Cast: François Truffaut, Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott

     
 

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Based on the real-life diaries of Adèle Hugo, The Story of Adele H. is a psychological drama opening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s. The daughter of famous French writer Victor Hugo, Adèle (Isabelle Adjani) has left her father's home to seek out her fiancé, the English soldier Lt. Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson). She conceals her identity and rents a room…  See more details below

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Based on the real-life diaries of Adèle Hugo, The Story of Adele H. is a psychological drama opening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s. The daughter of famous French writer Victor Hugo, Adèle (Isabelle Adjani) has left her father's home to seek out her fiancé, the English soldier Lt. Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson). She conceals her identity and rents a room in a boarding house from Mrs. Saunders (Sylvia Marriott). Pinson wants nothing to do with her, but she still obsessively follows him and spies on his affairs. Spending her time writing madly in journals and letters, she eventually meets the bookseller (Joseph Blatchley), who develops an interest in her. Her madness grows when Mrs. Saunders discovers her true identity, and even more so when the bookseller gives her a copy of her father's latest work, Les Miserables. When Pinson is transferred to Barbados, Adèle follows him again and sinks into insanity, living on the street. With the help of a local woman, Madame Baa (Madame Louise), Adèle returns home to her father and spends the rest of her days writing in her diary in Paris.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Isabelle Adjani attained stardom in her first major role as the eponymous daughter of Victor Hugo in Truffaut's somber study of romantic obsession, a subject he explored obsessively in films such as Les Deux Anglaises de la Continent (1971), La Chambre Vert (1978), La Sirene du Mississippi (1969), and others. Based on a coded diary discovered in 1960, the film follows the young woman's pursuit of a British lieutenant Bruce Robinson, with whom she's become infatuated, on the island of Nova Scotia. Despite his unambiguous lack of interest, she at one point writes to her father to announce their forthcoming wedding, her mind gently parting from its moorings. As she becomes increasingly desperate to win the indifferent soldier, Adele offers money and sex, along with a promise to obey him slavishly, even buying him a prostitute, while continuing to degrade herself even further. After he's driven her away, she becomes a voyeur of his assignations with other women, descending slowly into madness. Like La Chambre Verte and Les Deux Anglaises, the film links the creation of art with powerfully repressed emotion, as the young woman fills reams of paper with her occasionally lucid, more often deranged stream-of-consciousness. Like Vertigo (1958), it evokes the overwhelmingly impersonal force of erotic attraction, as it transforms the object of desire into a fetish. Shooting in the style of a sober documentary with a desaturated palette, Truffaut modulates the growth of his heroine's obsession so carefully and with such sympathy, that, up to a point, her experience is easily recognizable, and even in the depths of madness, completely engrossing. Adjani is sublime as the tormented young woman, possibly the most unforgettable embodiment of tragic beauty on film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/2014
UPC:
0883904304609
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
15,675

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Adjani Adele Hugo
Bruce Robinson Lt. Albert Pinson
Sylvia Marriott Mrs. Saunders
Reuben Dorey Mr. Saunders
Joseph Blatchley Bookseller
Carl Hathwell Lt. Pinson's Batman
Geoffrey Crook George
Cecil de Saumarez M. Lenoir
Raymone Falla Judge Johnstone
Jacques Fréjabue Cabinetmaker
Edward Jackson O'Brien
Madame Louise Mme. Baa
Thi Loan Nguyen Chinese
White Colonel
Ivry Gitlis Hypnotist
François Truffaut Officer On Ramparts
Michael White Col. White
Roger Martin Dr. Murdock
Jean-Pierre Leursse Black penpusher
Louise Bourdet Victor Hugo's servant
Ralph Williams Canadian
Aurelia Mansion Widow with Dogs
David Foote Young Boy
Chantal Durpoix Young whore
Clive Gillingham Keaton

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Marcel Berbert Producer
Jan Dawson Screenwriter
Yan Dedet Editor
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Jacqueline Guot Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko Art Director
Michel Laurent Sound/Sound Designer
Patrice Mestral Musical Direction/Supervision
Claude Miller Producer
Thi Loan N'Guyen Makeup
Jean-Pierre Ruh Sound/Sound Designer
Suzanne Schiffman Asst. Director,Screenwriter

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