Sunday, March 10, 2013

1953 - THERESE RAQUIN, film noir from France

The story of a married woman who has an affair with a truck driver, Therese Raquin is based on a novel by Emile Zola so you be be sure this won't have a happy ending.

This is film noir starring smoldering European actor types.  Simone Signoret was one of those French actors who in their prime was sort of an earthy sex symbol.   Raf Vallone played her lover pouring on the male sex appeal as only an Italian can.  The film was directed by Marcel Carne who had made a reputation for himself with Children of Paradise during World War II.

The acting and direction are at a very high standard and even though you know none of this isn't going to turn out well for anyone you stick with it to see how it's going to get to the end.  There is nothing like a film with a strong sense of European fatalism.

102 minutes.

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